Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sims Flat Campground

A view of the bridge over the Sacramento River at Sims Flat Campground.  This is a historic bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Crops in the 1930s.

This is a great little campground less than a mile from Interstate 5 located right near the Siskiyou County line, the camp is actually located in Shasta County.

Open Dates:  Typically open April through November, weather permitting.

Number of Campsites:  19 sites, no reservations.  Mid size RV's and campers can be accommodated as well as tents.  Maximum spur:  20 feet.

Fees:  Self-registration fee station at entrance.  $15.00 per night.  14 day limit.

Affiliation:  U. S. Forest Service Campground

Location/Address:  Between Castella and Dunsmuir, California along Interstate 5. (About 15 miles from Lakehead, California) Take exit 718 (Sims Exit) off of Interstate 5 and head East.  Follow the road approximately a mile until you see the bridge that crosses the Sacramento River cross the river and very shortly you will arrive at the camp ground.   The camp entrance is at the beginning of the bridge pictured above.

Elevation:  1600 ft.

Contact Information:
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Mt. Shasta Ranger Station
204 West Alma
Mt. Shasta, CA  96067
(530) 926-4511


  • Both flush and vault toilets
  • Water
  • Fishing
  • Rail-fanning ~ watch or photograph the Union Pacific freight trains as they make their way through the canyon.  The tracks are on the opposite side of the river from the campground.
  • Whitewater boating during spring run off
  • Historic trail along the campground following the river.  The trail goes through a old mill and a former CCC camp. 

General Description:  Sites have both trees and clear areas.  Most sites are across from the river, but very pleasant.  Great location for a overnight stop while traveling Interstate 5.  Road is paved or gravel.  No RV sanitation facilities.  Deer, bear and birds frequent area.

Groceries & Fuel, etc.:  Can be obtained at Dunsmuir, or Castella within a few miles.  Mt. Shasta City is approximately 20 miles and has the nearest hospital.

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