Find Sites

Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on Forest
Safety click here



Status: Open through Fri Oct 30 2015   Season Dates


This group site is nestled in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the Upper McCloud River, popular for its three stunning waterfalls.

Camp 4 is typically open from mid-spring through mid-fall, offering primitive accommodations near a variety of recreational activities and magnificent scenery.

Natural Features:

The Shasta-Trinity encompasses 2.1 million acres with over 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. It ranges from 1,000 ft. in elevation at Shasta Lake, to the spectacular Mt. Shasta with an elevation of 14,162 feet.

The Shasta-Trinity includes portions of 5 designated Wilderness Areas: Castle Crags, Chanchelulla, Mount Shasta, Trinity Alps and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel.

It also sits among 7 major geographic and botanic regions: the Coast Range, Klamath Mountains, Willamette Valley, te Cascade Mountains, the High Desert, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Central Valley.

The Upper McCloud River features the Upper, Middle and Lower Falls, which cascade over basalt lava flows, impressing visitors and kayakers alike.


During the late spring, summer and early fall, the McCloud River is the most popular attraction in this area, offering fishing, swimming, camping, kayaking and plenty of photography opportunities.

The Upper McCloud River, located from the point the river dumps into the McCloud Reservoir to its source, is a popular spot for trout fishing. Anglers can find rainbow, brook and McCloud River red band trout. The Lower McCloud River, which begins below the dam at the McCloud Reservoir, offers many additional angling opportunities as well.

The nearby McCloud River Falls Trail offers hikers the opportunity to view all 3 of the waterfalls, as well as take in breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta.

For hikers looking to cool off in the summer heat, the Middle Falls and Lower Falls both offer popular swimming holes, for those brave enough to take on the cool waters.


Vehicle access to Camp 4 is mostly on paved roads, but the last 1/4 mile is gravel. The facility can accommodate 10 vehicles and up to 30 guests, with a maximum of 10 tents plus 5 RV or motor homes.

The campground has no water or electricity, but there are picnic tables, vault toilets and campfire rings provided, as well as trash collection-visitors are expected to bring their own trash bags.

Water is available at the McCloud Ranger Station.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest services and amenities are 9 miles from Camp 4 in McCloud, a historic mill town that offers opportunities for golfing, eating out, shopping and sightseeing.

Throughout Shasta-Trinity National Forest, there are access points for the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,663-mile trail stretching from Mexico to Canada.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Visitors must obtain a free California Campfire permit available at the US Forest Service office in McCloud or any USFS office in California
  • Smoking is only allowed in enclosed vehicles or an area cleared of all flammable material
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet
  • No horses are allowed in campground
  • Drinking water is not provided
  • Click here for more information about Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.23389, -121.98389
41°14'2"N, 121°59'2"W

From Redding or Mt. Shasta, take I-5 towards Hwy 89 McCloud. Get off I-5 at the McCloud/Hwy 89 Exit, from here the campground is approximately 20 miles over paved road. Head south on Hwy 89 past the town of McCloud towards Reno, Lassen Park. Turn right off hwy 89 onto the River Loop Rd. (Fowlers/Lower Falls exit). Travel approximately .5 miles and take a left towards Middle and Upper Falls (Forest Service Road Number 40N44).

Continue on this road until you come to a stop sign. Go through the stop sign and travel 1.5 miles till you see a sign for Camp 4 on your right. Turn, and continue down this gravel road for .5 miles to the campground

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1620
McCloud  CA  96057

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)964-2184
Discover and reserve camping, lodging, permits, tours and more at America's parks, forests, monuments and other public lands with Recreation.gov. Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration