Trinity Lake is a shimmering mountain lake surrounded by tree-lined coves and wildflower meadows. It is located in Northern California as part of the immense Shasta-Trinity National Forest. With 145 miles of rugged shoreline, it is one of the largest man-made lakes in the state. It is situated in the historic gold rush region of 19th century America.
Trinity Lake has numerous inlets and narrow, extending arms. It is broken into four distinct parts – the Trinity Dam that formed the lake, Lewiston Lake, Stuart Fork, and North Lake. There are three wildlife viewing areas at Lewiston Lake, and one near Trinity Dam. The shores of Trinity Lake are made up of thick forestland and isolated beaches.
There are many scenic wilderness trails and byways with impressive lookouts around the lake. The Shasta-Trinity Trail connects the town of Redding, California with Whiskeytown National Recreation Center. The Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is a sprawling landscape worth discovering. It was established in 1965, and covers more than 203,500 acres including Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta Lake. Waterfalls and old-growth forests surround these lakes connected by the recreation area.
All four seasons occur around Trinity Lake. Water skiing and canoeing are popular spring and summer activities on these crystal, calm waters. Visitors also like to scuba dive or do some long distance swimming and rowing. Hiking and mountain biking are fun ways to spend time off the water. The recreation center offers horseback riding around the lake. There are also many natural hot springs throughout northern California to venture out to and enjoy.
Trinity Lake has moderate climate for the majority of the year. Mid-summer through late fall is warm, and every other season is comfortably cool. Winters are mild, with temperatures typically in the 40s. Snow blankets the mountains every year. Cross-country and downhill skiing are popular in the Trinity Alps Wilderness.
Other activities off the water include gold panning, Camden House tours, and Junior firefighting. Ranger programs are offered in the summer and include free kayak tours! Many visitors also like to climb Mt. Shasta. The Shasta Bally is a famous summit among avid hikers and mountain climbers. The peak, which stands at 6,209 feet, can be climbed or reached by a 4-wheel drive vehicle anytime except winter when it is closed to the public. There are a variety of guided outdoor activities including weekly nature hikes every Saturday in the summer. The Lassen Volcanic National Park is less than an hour away from Trinity Lake, and the Redwood National Forest is 158 miles away.
There is a variety of wildlife in this area of California. Black bears, mountain lions, elk, otters, jackrabbits, and many different birds, like the Bald Eagle, call this land home. The Western pond turtle also inhabits the park, and is California’s only native turtle. Trinity Lake is known for being a great fishing location with plentiful salmon, trout, and bass.
Houseboat, powerboat, and personal watercraft rentals are available at Trinity Lake Resorts Marina. Whether floating on the lake in a luxurious houseboat or hiking around the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, you’ll enjoy the peaceful tranquility of Trinity Lake and its tremendous encompassing nature.