Antlers Campground in shadow of Mt. Shasta



We could not see it from our site at Antlers Campground, but we knew it was there.

‘It’ can’t be missed. Approaching from the north or south along I-5 in California,  on a clear day, Mount Shasta  looms in the distance for as far as 140 miles. This magnificent dormant volcano with its brilliant shroud of snow dominates the region.

Jimmy and I wanted to camp in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, yet near I-5, and Antlers Campground sits less than a mile off I-5. Antlers is among the 15 developed campgrounds in the Shasta Lake area of the Shasta-Trinity Forest Service that provide camping sites with a bear box, fire ring, picnic table and paved parking spur. We travel in truck / camper and had no problems maneuvering through this campground; however, I would have been extremely nervous trying to do the same thing with our 28-foot fifth wheel.

In-season fees (March 5 – October 31) are listed at:
$20 – single site (1 vehicle and 8 people)
$35 – double site (2 vehicles and 12 people)

(Remember those folks with ‘American the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass’ camping is 50-percent off stated fees.  We paid $10 for our one-night stay.)

Because there is a “railroad access trail” running alongside the park, there will be periodic diesel smell and train activity 24/7.

None the less, Antlers Campground remains one of the most popular Shasta-Trinity forest service campgrounds because of its proximity to I 5., near Exit 702.

During the high season, you can make reservations at, or call 877-444-6777. On-line and call-center reservations carry a service charge.

For more information about Antlers Campground, and Lake Shasta and its current water level, click on

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Mt. Shasta from I-5; (Bottom) Site 56 at Antlers Campground (Julianne G. Crane)

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