Trinity Reservoir

Location and Directions:

45810 State Highway 3
Trinity Center California 96091
4050'19.1"N 12246'54.6"W

    Trinity Lake is located on the eastern side of the Trinity Alps and is part of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreational Area. From I-5 at Redding, take Hwy. 299 (Eureka Way) West to Hwy. 3 North through Weaverville.

General Info:

    Trinity Lake (aka Clair Engle Lake), consists of 17,000 surface acres and 145 miles of shoreline set at an elevation of 2,400 feet. It is open year round for fishing, camping, boating and hiking. It's large size and long, scenic coves make this an excellent houseboat lake.

Camping Info:

    The U.S.F.S. maintains 424 developed tent/RV camp sites here. Fees range from $5.00 to $15.00 per night. No hook-ups available. There are also many private campgrounds and resorts around the lake.


Other lakes in the area:
Shasta Lake

Boating Info:

    There are several boating facilities here and rental boats and houseboats are available.

Fishing Info:

    The CDFW stocks rainbow trout during the spring and summer months. There are also Kokanee salmon, brown trout, small and largemouth bass and catfish here. This is an excellent smallmouth lake and holds the state record at 9-pounds, 1-ounce. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.

Comments and Tips:

     I used to go up to Pinewood Cove every summer for about 10 years and every day my buddy and I would fish off the dock. We'd stand on ramp to the dock and drop down a trebble hook with red worms about 6 feet down or maybe less and catch 50+ bluegill a day. Other than that, trolling along the shore about 5-7 colors out of lead core line using a spoon. Also, largemouth bass here are always a good catch. Plastic worms are usually what they bite on, however, I hooked a 6 pounder trolling. If you keep an eye out, you can see some awesome wildlife such as bald eagles and even beavers.

      If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

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