Sacramento River
A Guide to Recreation and Public Access
Cantara Loop River Access
Access Site Details
Owner: Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) (530) 225-2300
City: Mount Shasta City
County: Siskiyou
Ownership: Public
Public Access: yes
Location: Click Here
Related Website: Click Here
Access Via: Public road
Fishing Regulations: Click Here
Fishing Supplement: Click Here
Activities Available
• Fishing
• Swimming
• Tubing
• Birding
• Photography
• Nature Observation
• Nature Walk
• Walking
• Hiking
Facilities Available
• Gravel Lot
Pedestrian Access
• Trails
Picnic Facilities
• Picnic Table(s)
• Tree Shaded
Location Description
Southeast of the town of Mount Shasta off of Interstate 5.
Site Description
Developed Sacramento River access site. Recreation opportunities include fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. Site is located near the infamous Cantara Spill of 1991 that destroyed much of the river ecosystem. Fish population and riparian habitat has made a strong comeback with the assistance of many environmental organzations, such as the Cantara Trustee Council.
Vegetation Wildlife
Mixed conifers, hardwoods and riparian vegetation. Fish species include rainbow trout and brown trout. The common mammals in the area are black bears, black-tailed deer, Brown bat, and mule deer.
Current Land Use
Cantara/Ney Springs Wildlife Area. In conservation.
Adjacent Land Use
Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Access Description
I-5 Northbound: Take Central Mt. Shasta exit. Turn left at stop sign on Lake Street and go over freeway. Turn left on Old Stage Road. Travel 2.5 miles and turn right at Azalea Road (a "T" intersection). Travel 0.25 miles and turn right on Cantara Road. Follow road down to dirt parking area. I-5 Southbound: Take Central Mt. Shasta exit. Turn right at stop sign on Lake Street. Turn left on Old Stage Road. Follow northbound directions.