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


Just downstream from Ah-Di-Na the road ends and a trail leads into The Nature Conservancy's McCloud River Preserve. This spectacular stretch of river and canyon has been preserved for its environmental importance, but also because it is such a wonderful place for fly fishing. Two private fishing clubs control the rest of the McCloud River.

The water runs clear and cold year-around, supporting a large population of healthy trout. No bait, barbless hooks, catch and release is the rule here. If the rare Dolly Varden or bull trout survives anywhere in California, it is probably here.

Below the nature reserve and fishing clubs section the river runs into Lake Shasta. A proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam by eighteen feet would inundate this stretch of river.



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Lush summer growth of Indian rhubarb along the McCloud River

(June 26, 2009)


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Headquarter for The Nature Conservancy's McCloud River Preserve

(June 26, 2009)


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The McCloud River alternates between rapids and pools througout the McCloud River Preserve

(June 26, 2009)


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High above the river in the McCloud RIver Preseve

(June 26, 2009)


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The McCloud River in The Nature Conservancy's McCloud River Preserve

(June 26, 2009)


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