Nelson Point Group & Family Campground

Shasta Lake

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Shasta Lake

Nelson Point Campground at Shasta Lake

Nelson Point Campground

Shasta Lake
Attractions and Activities

Shasta Lake is one of the most popular recreation lakes in the state. Campers at Nelson Point Campground find easy acccess to all the attractions of the lake.

  • At full capacity Shasta Lake has 30,000 surface acres and 365 miles of shoreline.
  • Multiple marinas, boat rental facilities, and launch ramps are available. For more information about boating, see California's Greatest Lakes - Shasta Lake.
  • Shasta Caverns has guided tours of the caves and dinner cruises on Shasta.
  • Summer interpretive programs are offered on weekends at many campgrounds.
  • Take a free, 1-hour Shasta Dam Tour. A great choice on a hot day.
  • Stop in at the Shasta Lake Visitor Center along Interstate 5 north of Redding for information about the local area.

Key Nelson Point Campground Regulations

  1. To avoid problems with bears, store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times. At night they must be kept in a vehicle or tent.
  3. Help prevent spreading invasive pests by obtaining firewood locally.

Nelson Point Group Campground

Nelson Point Group Campground is located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, on the Salt Creek Inlet off the Sacramento Arm of Shasta Lake. The campground is usually reserved by groups during the summer, but at other times it can be opened as an overflow campground for first come, first served camping. Nelson Point is open for walk-ins April 1-May 24. The campground is available for group rental on a reservation basis from May 26-September 10.

Nelson Point Group Campground has 8 campsites which can accommodate groups up to 60 people. However, it has no group cooking or campfire facilities. Campsites accept small RVs, trailer, and tents. When water levels are low, the campground is a long distance from the lake. The campground has no potable water. For groups using the campground, be sure to read the note below about the Locked Entry Gates.

Campground Basics
Location: Take exit 698 off I-5 (Salt Creek/Gilman Road) and follow Salt Creek Rd. ½-mile to Conflict Point Road.
Elevation: 1,100 feet
Nearby Cities: 21 miles north of Redding
Number of Sites: 8
Open - Closed: May through early September
Maximum number of people: 60
Maximum Number of Vehicles: 16
Pets: On leash, always attended
Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center: (530) 275-1589

Reservations Required for group camp use; otherwise, first come, first served if available
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 16 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: None designated
Fees: $100 per night for group site
Family site - $10
Reservations: Nelson Point Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, Noon

Nelson Point Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Shasta Lake for fishing, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding. Nearby marinas with boat rentals, boat launch ramps.

Locked Entry Gates to Group Campgrounds

The reservations website cautions: "Reservation holders must contact Shasta Recreation Office at least 1 week prior to arrival for a combination code to access campground; failure to do so could lead to a locked facility without access for a night or longer and no refund."

General Camping Information for Shasta Lake

Opening and closing dates for some campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather 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.

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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