Mary Smith Campground

California's Best Camping

Lewiston Lake, California
Lewiston Lake, California

Mary Smith Campground

Lewiston Lake

Mary Smith Campground

Mary Smith Campground is located in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, on the shore of Lewiston Lake. The campground is known as one of the prettiest lakeside camping areas in California. Visitors to the campground come to relax and to head out boating and fishing on 5-mile-long Lewiston Lake. Motorized boats are restricted to 10 MPH. Kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are often seen exploring the lake. A boat launch ramp is 3½ miles north at Pine Cove. There is no beach area at the campground.

Mary Smith Campground has 17 tent-only campsites. Nearly all of the sites are walk-in. With a dense forest setting and thick understory, most of the campsites have excellent privacy. Campsites have views both of the lake and of the Trinity Alps. Trailers are not allowed in the campground.

Besides the tent sites, Mary Smith Campground has 6 wonderful Tent Glamping Units near the entrance to the campground. Glamping Units are raised, wooden tent platforms with a canvas tent, an over-sized queen bed (linen service provided), and a front deck with chairs and tables and a fire pit. As many as 8 people can occupy each Glamping site. Many of the Glamping Units are nearly lakefront.

Mary Smith Campground Basics
Mary Smith Campground Location: Off Trinity Dam Blvd. on the western shore at the southern end of Lewiston Lake
Elevation: 590 feet
Nearby Cities: 35 miles west of Redding
Number of Sites: 17
Camping Season: Open April through late October, weather permitting
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($8 per night fee for an additional vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Shasta Recreation Company for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Weaverville Ranger Station: (530) 623-2121

Reservations at Mary Smith Campground
Reservations Available: Reservations are available for camping dates from late May through mid-September. At other times when the campground is open, sites are first-come, first-served.
Reservation Window: Reservations can be made from 4 days to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Wheelchair accessible sites: Glamping Unit #9
Fees: $23 per night for tent site,
$119 for Glamping Unit
Plus $10 reservation fee
Reservations: Mary Smith Campground Reservations
Campground Map: Mary Smith Campground Sketch Map
Check-in, check-out: 3:00 PM, 2:00 PM (glamping sites check-out at 12 PM)

Mary Smith Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, vault toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Mary Smith Campground: Enjoy slow-speed boating and great fishing on Lewiston Lake. Hike the 2-mile North Lakeshore Trail. Head up to nearby Trinity Lake where there are several beaches. At Trinity Lake enjoy waterskiing, fishing, and boating.

Mary Smith Campground Glamping Unit, Shasdta-Trinity National Forest, CA

Mary Smith Campground Glamping Site
(tent yet to be erected for the season)

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on weather conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. If using a reservation website, check to be sure your vehicles will fit in the parking space for 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

Mary Smith Campground, Shasdta-Trinity National Forest, CA

Mary Smith Campground

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Trinity Lake Area
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Mary Smith Campground find tent-only sites perched along the shore of Lewiston Lake. The jewels of the campgrounds are the wonderful Glamping sites overlooking thw water.

  • Five-mile long Lewiston Lake is a great place for canoes and kayaks. Fish for rainbow trout, brook trout, and brown trout.
  • Fly fish from float tubes in Lewiston Lake where is the speed limit is 10 MPH.
  • Trinity Lake has 17,000 surface acres and 145 miles of shoreline, great for fishing, boating, water skiing
  • Enjoy hiking and camping in the Trinity Wilderness.
  • Seek out some adventure by rafting the Trinity River with an experienced outfit.
  • Tour the Joss House State Historic Park in Weaverville
  • Rent a boat at one of Trinity Lake's marinas.

Key Mary Smith Campground Regulations

  1. No trailers or RVs are allowed in the campground. Sites are for tents only.
  2. Prevent problems with bears by storing all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times. At night they must be kept in a vehicle or tent.
  4. To help prevent the spread of harmful insects, obtain your firewood locally.

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