Sims Flat Campground

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Sacramento River

Sims Flat Campground, along the Sacramento River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA

Sims Flat Campground

Mount Shasta Area
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the greater Mount Shasta area find an abundance of scenic attractions and interesting destinations. Campers at Sims Fat Campground are close to many of these popular spots.

Sims Flat Campground

Sims Flat Campground sits along the Sacramento River, 12 miles south of Dunsmuir and 17 miles north of the community of Lakeshore on the upper reaches of Shasta Lake. Many of the people who camp at Sims Flat are anglers. The Sacramento River in the area of Dunsmuir is well known for its superior fly fishing. Sims Flat was once a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The Sims Bridge over the Sacramento River was erected by the CCC in 1933. Today it is a footbridge.

Sims Flat Campground contains 19 campsites for tents and mid-size RVs or trailers. Mature trees and an abundance of understory provide good shade and privacy for most of the sites. All of the campsites are first-come, first-served. Campers can hear the faint hum of passing cars on Interstate 5 and the closer sound of passing trains.

Sims Flat Campground Basics
Sims Flat Campground Location: Sims Flat Road off Interstate 5, 12 miles south of Dunsmuir
Elevation: 1,675 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Redding - 43 miles
Number of Sites: 19
Open - Closed: Late April through mid-November
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: on leash, always attended
Shasta-Trinity National Forest: (530) 926-4511

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 16 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: Some accessible sites and facilities
Fees: $15 per night
Check-in, check-out: any time, check-out Noon

Sims Flat Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets and vault toilets, drinking water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractiona near Sims Flat Campground: Enjoy fishing in the Sacramento River. Stroll along the paved footpath beside the river. White water rafters use the campground as a launch site. Train buffs enjoy waiting for the passing trains. Follow a local trail to the summit of Tombstone Mountain. Visit nearby Dunsmuir. Head south to Shasta Lake. Spend a night at the Girard Ridge Lookout with great views of the area. Spend a day at Castle Crags State Park.

Sims Bridge over the Sacramento River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA

Sims Bridge, 1933

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

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