Photo by Curtis Dalton Brown
Castle Lake Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
The radiant beauty of this breathtaking alpine lake, situated at 6540’ feet elevation above the town of Mt. Shasta, offers awesome sights of jagged granite mountains. Pine forests encompass this beautiful paddling haven which provides a scenic and leisurely paddle in a peaceful atmosphere.
Photo Credit Barbara Barrett-Jerpe
Castle Lake is visited more frequently by sightseers and hikers, than by paddlers seeking to capture photographs of the magnificent Mt. Shasta which stands at 14,162 feet elevation. There is a turn-out spot midway along Castle Lake Road, which provides incredible views of Mt. Shasta. There is a tiny four-foot hand launch and restrooms near the parking lot. NOTE: Use caution when launching. The broken cement on the launch ramp is slippery. .
Trolling for trout provides fair action at Castle Lake, or another option is to fly-fish from along the northern shore right after the Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with 2,000 rainbows in the 10 to 12" range and 1,500 fingerlings. You’ll have success hooking brook and rainbow trout with salmon eggs, roe, mini-crawlers, red worms and bright-colored power bait.
Fees: There aren’t any fees to camp, to launch, for day use or for pets.
Facilities: There is a hand launch access, swimming, windsurfing, fishing and hiking. Boats with motors are not permitted. Leashed pets are allowed. NOTE: Bring your own water.