If you're planning a family vacation or camping adventure with friends, check out Hirz Bay Group 1 Campground in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This facility has space for up to 120 people and as many as 21 vehicles. You can bring tents or trailers up to 30 feet long, but there are no hookups available here. There are vault toilets, tables, fire rings, and a cooking area with grills and sinks on-site.
This facility sits by Shasta Lake on the McCloud Arm. You'll be camping under oak and manzanita trees here. There's a public boat ramp by the campground parking lot. For a daily use fee of $14, you can launch your watercraft and enjoy a range of water activities. Spend your day waterskiing, wakeboarding, or fishing for bass, trout, Chinook salmon, and other species.
On land, you can hike the 1.6-mile Hirz Bay Trail. It's an out-and-back pathway with a gentle incline and scenic lake views. Watch out for poison oak here! Drive up Hirz Mountain to climb the lookout tower. You'll have to walk the last quarter-mile, but it's worth the effort. From the tower, you'll have panoramic views of the forest including Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak, and the lake. Take a tour of Lake Shasta Caverns -- this national landmark is just 14.4 miles south of camp.
Not only can you bring dogs to the campground, but they're also allowed on trails. Just keep them on-leash and attended at all times. Scoop any droppings and dispose of them properly to protect the surroundings.
Hirz Bay Group 1 Campground offers a range of ways to enjoy the outdoors with your friends or family. This pawtastic place is available by reservation only. Contact the Recreation Office a week before your visit to get the combination code to unlock the gate. Bears are a common sight around here. Make sure you use to food lockers to secure your items.