Trinity River Recreation
Popular with fisherman and pleasure boaters alike, the 43 miles of the Wild and Scenic Trinity River from Lewiston to Pigeon Point is a class I and II segment that flows out of the Trinity and Lewiston Lakes. This clear, cold section of the river is world famous for its fly fishing. Paddlers enjoy the narrow valley with Ponderosa Pine, Douglas fir, Oaks, and Madrone trees coating the walls of the canyons. If you would like more adrenaline rush, the waters below Pigeon Point rage at class III-V. Those interested in a more relaxing experience can enjoy the abundant camping options in the area or head for the trail with your friends, horses, or dog. If you would like to stay at the river's edge, you can always swim, fish or do a little gold panning. The river can be accessed from many locations along this stretch of the Trinity River.
Trinity River Boating Information
Lewiston to Pigeon Point
This flyer gives some basic information to those wishing to float or paddle their way down the challenging Wild and Scenic Trinity River from Lewiston to Pigeon Point.
Fishing - boat and bank
Whether you are bank fishing or float in a drift boat, world famous fly fishing is what you will get on the Wild and Scenic Trinity River between Lewiston and Pigeon point. Clear, cold, class I and II water flow through this section popular with fishermen and pleasure boaters alike. Several commercial guides operate on the Trinity River under BLM and Forest Service Special Recreation Permits offering guided driftboat fishing trips. Our permitted fishing guides list is available online.
Several commercial guides operate on the Trinity River under BLM and Forest Service Special Recreation Permits offering guided driftboat fishing and whitewater rafting trips. Our permitted fishing guides list is available online. The Whitewater rafting outfitters list is available by stopping by or calling the Big Bar Ranger Station at 530-623-6106.
Nearly all accessible public land is open to camping for up to 14 days per year. Day Use areas are closed to camping. Three developed campgrounds are available in the Trinity area - Douglas City, Junction City, and Steel Bridge. See the Camping page for more information and a map of the area.
There are also primitive campsites available at Steiner Flat Road, past Douglas City campground. There is no fee at this site and it is available year-round.
Camping is prohibited in the Weaverville Community Forest and certain lands posted as "No Camping."
Trinity River Camping Restrictions Trinity County Code 8.40
There is a small trail system in and around the Douglas City campground. Union Hill Pond also has trails available to the exploring type as do the Browns Creek and Rush Creek areas. Most trails are rugged and unmarked encouraging self exploration. The Trinity Alps Wilderness Area is near by if you are interested in a more primitive backcountry experience. Weaverville Basin Trails information can be found at the Trinity County Resource Conservation District website.
No permit is required for day-use, low-impact gold panning.
Visitors to the Trinity River often swim in the cool pools in the heat of the summer.
Protection and Stewardship
The National Wild & Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The Act is notable for safeguarding the special character of these rivers, while also recognizing the potential for their appropriate use and development. It encourages river management that crosses political boundaries and promotes public participation in developing goals for river protection. Protection of the river is provided through voluntary stewardship by landowners and river users and through regulation and programs of federal, state, local, or tribal governments.
Trinity River Wild & Scenic River Regulations
Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
6640 Lockheed Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-2100
Fax: (530) 224-2172
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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