Preacher Meadow Campground

Trinity Lake - Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Trinity Lake

Preacher Meadow Campground near Trinity Lake

Preacher Meadow Campground near Trinity Lake

Trinity Lake Area
Attractions and Activities

  • Trinity Lake with 17,000 surface acres and 145 miles of shoreline - fishing, boating, water skiing
  • Hiking, horseback riding, and camping in the Trinity Alps Wilderness
  • Raft the Trinity River
  • Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville
  • Rent a boat at one of Trinity Lake's marinas

Key Campground Regulations

  1. 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.

Preacher Meadow Campground

Preacher Meadow Campground is located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, near Trinity Lake. The campground is along Swift Creek, 2 miles southwest of Trinity Center and the lake. Many campers choose the campground as a jumping off place for hikes into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. At nearby Trinity Center boat rentals are available. Out on the lake visitors enjoy boating, waterskiing, and fishing.

Preacher Meadow Campground has 45 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents arranged around several loops. Because the campground is close to Highway 3, some road noise can be heard. Campsites are set in a Ponderosa pine and cedar forest. Instead of cooking grills, campsites are equipped with Klamath Ovens.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway 3, 27 miles north of Weaverville
Elevation: 2,900 feet
Nearby Cities: 73 miles northwest of Redding
Number of Sites: 45
Open - Closed: Mid-May through October
Max. People per single site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per single site: 1 (fee for additional vehicles)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Weaverville Ranger Station: (530) 623-2121

No Reservations First come, first served
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Fees: $14 per night
Check-in, check-out: any time, 1:00 PM

Preacher Meadow Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, Klamath Oven (be sure area around oven is clear of combustibles before use); no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: Swift Creek trailhead, Trinity Center, marina and boat ramp, 4-mile Trinity Lakeshore Trail, hiking, fishing, motor-boating, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking

Klamath Oven found at Preacher Meadow Campground near Trinity Lake

Klamath Oven at Preacher Meadow Campground
(Needs clearing around oven before use.)

General Camping Information for Trinity 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.

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