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The California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2003 will protect approximately 2.5 million acres of public lands in 81 different areas across California, as well as the free-flowing portions of 22 rivers. This will protect many animal and plant species from the threat of development and protect the drinking water of millions of Californians.

Wilderness areas added in HERITAGE ACT OF 2003 (S.1555)

Fishing Opportunities

Trinity River above the Trinity Lake on Highway 3


Tangle Blue Lake - Scott's Mountain


Tangle Blue Lake is a scenic destination, surrounded by jagged ridgetops, and the approach is short. It is a fairly warm lake, due to its shallow depth, and swimming and fishing are just two of the benefits to be found here. There are good, though well-worn, campsites on the north shore, on both sides of the outlet stream; a more isolated campsite is found among the rocks on the south side. Water is found in a stream on the east side, along the swampy trail. The easy approach means that solitude is sporadic at best. You may climb to the saddle southeast of the lake for views of granite-spired Bear Ridge, Horse Creek Basin, and Eagle Creek. Elevation: 5,700 ft.

Directions: 1.5 miles after Highway 3 (above Trinity Lake) begins to climb out of the flats toward Scott Mountain Summit, a road to the left is signed (usually) "Tangle Blue Lake" and Forest Service Road "39N20." Take the left. Two large side roads split right before you reach the trailhead about 3 1/2 miles from the turnoff. The road's condition varies from good to very rough dirt. It would be wise to check the road's status at the Coffee Creek Ranger Station before you start. You will need to cross a creek usuallly less than three feet deep. Bring change of socks.

Upper Mumbo Lake


Directions: Take 25 to the 26 cut back from highway 3. About one hour by 4 wheel drive.


Camping: Several good sites, infrequently used, are available. Reports indicate that biting insects can be a problem. Firewood is available.

Surface acres: 3 acres and 15' deep.

OTHER: The fishing can be very good, but may be hard to fish from shore due to the swampy shoreline. Not all the lake has vegetation. Most is clear. There is a huge spring in the middle of the lake. This lake is on National Forest land. The fish is stocked with Rainbow trout and has fish of good size. Size 16 gray Caddis hatch was fished in 2001.

Gumboot Lake

Directions: Take 25 to the 26 cut back from highway 3. About 1 ½ hour by 4 wheel drive.

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Species present: Rainbow and Brook Trout

Seasons: Open all year. Bag limit: 5 per day, 10 in possession.

Date of usual ice out: June 1 (6,050' elevation)

Camping: Many good sites. South shore closed to camping. Vault Toilets available. Firewood hard to find near camps, but is available in the general area.

Surface acres: 7 acres and 15' deep

Comments: This lake receives a lot of fishing and camping use. There is a trail around it. The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout, but Brook Trout are sometimes caught. Fly fishing is very good at times. No motors are allowed, but it is easily fished from shore. The lake is on National Forest land.


Species present: Brook Trout


Date of usual ice out: July (7,800' elevation)

Access roads: 4N17Road from the Stewart Springs exit on Interstate 5, north of the town of Weed. About 9.5 miles up Road 17 is the Parks Creek trailhead of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The lake basin is about 3 miles east and south on the PCT. It is a low gradient trail, but long. An estimated time would be 2 or 3 hours to get to Deadfall Lake, then take the Mt. Eddy trail for another 1.5 miles.

Camping: Poor campsites in the vicinity. The meadow is fragile. Please help to protect it by not camping in or adjacent to it. Very little firewood...this lake is at timberline. It is exposed to high winds and storms are common.

Surface acres: 2.5 acres and 15' deep.

Comments: This is an easy lake to walk to and therefore very popular. Expect big crowds, especially on weekends. Fishing is poor to fair depending on the season for 6 to 10" fish. This lake is on National Forest land.

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Talk about a crappy road! This is strickly a four wheel drive road off of 4N25 near the sumit, the road tees off to the south. (Same road goes to the Twin Lake.)

This is a destination Lake for the Four wheel clubs. Years ago I have seen RV vehicles there.


Species present: Rainbow and Brook Trout

Seasons: Open all year. Bag limit: 5 per day, 10 in possession.

Date of usual ice out: July 1 (5,900' elevation)

Access roads: This lake is located on Section 32, T38N, R5W. It's about 30 miles by road from Mt. Shasta City or 20 miles from Castella. One access is via the South Fork Road (Road 4N26) from the W.A. Barr Road out of Mt. Shasta City. Take Road 26 all the way through to the junction with the Whalen Road (Road 4N25), about 20 miles, turn right on the Whalen Road and go about 1 mile west to road 38N17. Take 38N17 past the junction with road 38N88 until it crosses Tamarack Creek. The road from here to the lake is very rocky, washed out in spots and should not be attempted in a low clearance vehicle. The distance to Tamarack Lake is about 1.75 miles.

About 0.2 miles northwest of Tamarack Lake (cross country...not on the creek) is Little Tamarack Lake. It is much smaller (2 acres and 10' deep), and has some camping sites.

Camping: Several excellent (but exposed) spots. Firewood is scarce. Little Tamarack Lake has some sites and firewood is available.

Surface acres: 21 acres and 16' deep. Little Tamarack is 2 acres and 9' deep


Comments: Reliable fair fishing for small-medium Brook Trout. The northern part is on National Forest land, while the southern part is private. P Little Tamarack Lake is entirely on National Forest land. The fishing in Little Tamarack is fair if it doesn't freeze, which might kill the fish. Also, the upper and lower Twin Lake are near. The lower Twin Lake is just a flooded meadow.

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Toad Lake Trinity

Toad Lake Trinity

Species present: Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout

Seasons: Open all year. Bag limit: 5 per day, 10 in possession.

Date of usual ice out: July 1 (6,950' elevation)

Access roads: This lake is located in Section 36, T40N, R6W. Access is via the South Fork Road (Road 26)(4N26) from the W.A. Barr Road. About 2.5 miles up Road 26 (4N26), just past the concrete bridge, take road 41N53 to the right. About 0.5 miles up this road, turn left on road 40N64 and continue until reaching the Toad Lake cabin site. The last half mile of this road is very rocky and is not recommended for low clearance vehicles. From the cabin site, trail 5W05 goes up the old jeep trail (no vehicles allowed) to the lake.

Camping: Many developed sites with tables and toilets, near the outlet. Many primitive sites near inlet in meadows. Firewood is scarce.

Surface acres: 23 acres 40' deep.

Comments: A popular lake. Fair fishing for mostly small Brook Trout, but some very big Rainbow Trout also. Shores vary from timber to rocks to meadow. The fly fishing can be excellent. Many sensitive and rare plants in this location. An excellent nature walk area...pretty surroundings. Boats are not allowed. This lake is on National Forest land.

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