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Mattole Recreation Site
The undisturbed beach, tidepools, dunes, and estuary of the Mattole River mark the north end of the King Range National Conservation Area.
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Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Lewiston Lake / Trinity River
Description: The cold waters of this mountain lake downstream from Trinity Lake provide perfect habitat for rainbow, brown, and brook trout that draw ospreys and golden and bald eagles. Marshes along fifteen miles of shoreline shelter wintering common mergansers, wood ducks, and other waterfowl, as well as resident herons, beavers, and river otters. Fast-moving feeder creeks offer views of American dippers, raccoons, and gray foxes. The conifer canopy hides Bullock's orioles, Anna's hummingbirds, and other songbirds. Watch ospreys and eagles fish when salmon and steelhead spawn in the river below Lewiston Dam and at adjacent Trinity River Hatchery. Lewiston Lake is on the Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway.

Wildlife to Watch: High probability of seeing waterfowl in winter. Songbirds best seen in spring and summer. Spawning at riffles and hatchery offers excellent viewing: look for spring chinook from June to September and fall chinook from September to November. Steelhead run is fair from January to March.

Special Tips: Be ready to break for the deer found along the roads in the area.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service 
Size: NA 
Closest Town: Lewiston,CA

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Lewiston Lake Blueheron - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
From Redding, take Highway 299 west 37 miles. Turn at sign to Trinity Dam/Lewiston Lake; after about 5.5 miles, at junction, continue on Trinity Dam Boulevard to Lewiston Lake or bear right to hatchery and spawning riffles.

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest – Lewiston Lake / Trinity River : Wildlife Viewing Area