Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
McCloud River Canyon
Shasta-Trinity National Forest California


Below the waterfalls this beautiful river is trapped in a dismal power generation reservoir.

The McCloud River Canyon is steep and V-shaped, with very few roads and lots of big trees. The only flat spot of any size is at Ah-Di-Na, an Indian campsite that became a fishing camp for wealthy families. It is now a public campground, and a mecca for serious fly fishermen.

Below the dam the river is briefly reborn for a stretch considered one of the best trout streams anywhere. In fact a nineteenth century fish hatchery here was the original source of rainbow trout now planted around the world.



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A jumble of steep-sided and densely forested mountains flanks the McCloud River north of Lake Shasta

(June 26, 2009)


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The meadow at Ah-Di-Na, once a remote fishing resort on the McCloud River

(June 25, 2009)


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The ladies bunkhouse, remnant of the old Ah-Di-Na fishing resort

(June 25, 2009)


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The road down canyon from Ah-Di-Na has an abrupt drop-off into the McCloud River

(June 26, 2009)


Next Locality: McCloud River Preserve