|Packers Bay / Shasta Lake|
Enjoy some of California’s best views of nesting ospreys and bald eagles while at popular Shasta Lake. The 370-mile forested shoreline hosts 60 osprey nests and 18 bald eagle nests-the state’s largest population of these species on a single reservoir. Whether boating or hiking, begin exploring ...
Shasta-Trinity National Forest – McCloud River Loop
|Description: This 6-mile driving loop passes through chaparral and coniferous forests along the McCloud River.
The river corridor, including the 6-mile driving loop, offers views of three spectacular waterfalls and a 50 acre wet meadow. A multi-use 10 mile river trail which begins at the Lower Falls picnic area and proceeds east to Algoma campground offers many viewing opportunities of the crystal clear river and associated wildlife. In the upper river reaches above upper falls watch for the unique McCloud River redband trout.
Wildlife to Watch: Ponderosa pine forests provide cover for squirrels, chipmunks, many songbirds, bobcat and an occasional black bear. The riverine habitat provides homes to American dippers, belted kingfisher, Canadian geese and river otter. Willow flycatcher, osprey, and a myriad of neotropical migrant songbirds inhabit the willows and snags at Bigelow meadow. High probability of seeing songbirds in spring and fall. Look for birds of prey in spring and summer. Deer common in summer. Many reptiles and amphibians. Spring wildflowers. Universally accessible facilities at Fowler Camp.
Special Tips: The driving loop may be impassable in wet weather.
Ownership: USDA Forest Service
Closest Town: McCloud, CA
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