Category & Type :Recreation
Location :9001 Trinity Dam Blvd. , Lewiston CA
About Lewiston Lake...
With over 500,000 acres, the rugged Trinity Alps Wilderness area draws serious backpackers, day hikers, horsepackers, and photographers from all over the world.You don't have to be outfitted to the teeth. Numerous day hikes abound, suitable for all ages.Combine a hike with a fishing outing to some of our scores of Alpine lakes. Visit some of the historic mining sites or just enjoy the beauty of the Alps. It's easy and it's there for you.
Are you serious and decked out for a rugged mountain bike ride? We've got them; like the South Fork Trail that's 22 miles of challenging mountain biking.If that's too long, try an abandoned logging road near Coffee Creek or the Bonanza King seven mile ride.But if you enjoy a slower pace, we can show you our Trinity/Lewiston Lake ride – all on paved roads and all gorgeous scenery. It's perfect for a knapsack, bottle of wine, cheese and crackers and a half day slow ride. Let us help you plan it out.
You want speed? You want excitement? We'll show you where and how.Nearby Trinity Lake offers fast boats for skiing and warm waters for swimming.The Trinity River, between Lewiston Lake and Weaverville, offers great stretches for drifting and canoeing.Down river by Big Bar, the rafting companies can take you down the rapids on a Class Two and Class Three whitewater trip ending in "Hell's Hole" rapids.If speed is not what you're after, but water is what you want, then try....
The Trinity River starts high up in the Alps snow pack. Melting and running in hundreds of little streams, it fills Trinity Lake, then Lewiston Lake until it spills over the dam to begin the trip to the ocean.It's Bass fishing in the warm waters of Trinity Lake; Rainbow, Eagle Lake; Brook and German Trout fishing in Lewiston Lake. It's Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout fishing in the Trinity River. It's the summer, fall, winter, or spring spawning runs that make our fishing famous. It's the outfitted flyfisher, the wheelchair access fishing pier, the Salmon fisher seated on the milk crate, or the kids with a hook and a worm. It's all the same – good fishing in a beautiful place.Excellent fishing guides are here to help you obtain the "catch of the season" for the beginner through the expert. Classes are also available on casting and flytying.But if you like your water in a more solid state or just don't like holding fish, then how about a firm grip on a ski pole...?
The Forest Service lists 18 different cross country ski routes! And they say there are more!
All are easily accessible and close by, but be sure to remember a few tips. Be in shape – we're a rural area and we don't have emergency phones nailed to the trees. Don't go alone, it's dangerous, plus it's not romantic. Make sure your equipment is in order and find out what the weather forecast is. Take the right supplies and leave word with us where you are going. Don't forget to pick up your wilderness permit from the U.S. Forest Service.Now if that has frightened you out of cross country skiing, how about trying exploring?
The oldtimer said "it's just up the road" and sure enough just eight miles up that dusty washboard road was the Brown Bear mine complex. It's not a thing of beauty unless you're one of the ghosts that inhabit this mining town, but it truly is exploring.The bunk house that held up to forty men, the dining hall, the little school house, the store, manager's house, supply depot, smelting shack, tailings pile and assorted outbuildings cry out for someone to hear their story. The charcoal note scrawled on the white bulletin board "Gone to Deadwood Mine to get the horses. Be back on Monday" must have been important in 1874.
You follow the narrow gauge tracks that once held the ore carts to the mouth of the mine. Now filled with water from an underground stream, you wonder why they cut the ceilings of their mines so low. Every miner must have suffered from "stooped overness" after years in these mines. We figure it's because they were in a hurry to get at the gold.
If rambling through ghost towns isn't your desire, some easy, but yet interesting exploring is close by. In nearby Weaverville, is the Jackson Museum, probably one of the finest museums specializing in local history of our gold mining heritage. Two floors of lessons on the 49'ers, the Chinese miners, the growth of a mountain community and local pride stand open to be explored. Next door is a functioning "stamp mill" and just down the street is the Joss House State Park where an original Chinese temple has been preserved from the Gold Rush days. Whether it's hiking, biking, fishing, exploring, or just relaxing, we've got it for you. But what's best, it's at your pace.
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