Mary Smith Campground - Camping

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Featured in Sunset Magazine and SFGate, Mary Lake Campground is nestled on the banks of Lewiston Lake. A perfect location for kayaking and fishing, this lakefront campground boasts tent sites as well as spacious, well-equipped Glampsites.

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Shawn Lehman


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Destination Distance From Downtown

19.5 miles


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Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


Tent sites are $14 per night and the Glamping sites are $79 per night.



Nestled on the shores of Lewiston Lake, Mary Smith Campground is a small, peaceful retreat located in Trinity County, Northern California. Featured in Sunset Magazine and SFGate for its beautiful setting, Mary Smith Campground offers a total of seventeen campsites, eleven walk-in tent sites, and six well-equipped Glampsites. A fire pit and a picnic table are provided at each site. For those who enjoy the outdoors but prefer the comforts of home, each Glampsite is equipped with a queen bed, down pillows and comforters, linen service, and a furnished deck. There are restroom facilities located on site.

What Makes It Great

Showcasing views of Lewiston Lake and the Trinity Alps, Mary Smith Campground is one of the most peaceful campgrounds in the area. Far away from busy roads and highways, there is no noise to pollute the sound of the wind rustling through the trees and the rainbow trout jumping from the water.

ADA accessible paths lead from the paved parking lot to the campsites. To make hauling gear to and from your campsite easier, wagons are provided for guest use. The cleared and level sites make setting up a tent a breeze. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, BBQ facilities, and a fire pit. Firewood can be purchased from the on-site host.

Once you’re all set up, you can kick back and relax or head to the water. The lake is literally steps from your site so you have instant access to flat water paddling, fishing, and swimming.

There are several hiking options in the surrounding area. Baker Gulch Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike starting from Cooper Gulch Campground (just 1.5 miles from Mary Smith Campground) and heading south towards Baker Gulch. Offering over 600 miles of trails, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area is 1.5 hours north of Lewiston.

Who is Going to Love It

Whether you have a family with small children or you're a couple on your honeymoon, this destination can be enjoyed by all. The campground host provides carts for guest belongings to make packing your gear to and from your camp site easier. The paths from the parking lot to the sites are paved.

The well-maintained restrooms feature flush toilets and are safely lit at nighttime. Drinking water is available on site.

The on-site host is a wealth of knowledge on the area and can help point you to the best hiking trails. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Weaverville, take Hwy 3 north for about 7 miles. Turn right on Rush Creek Road for 9 miles. Turn left on Trinity Dam Blvd. After ¾ mile, turn right on Lewiston Vista/Mary Smith exit. Mary Smith Campground is ¼ mile from exit on County Rd 105.

A paved parking lot is on site. Trailers cannot be accommodated.

A $7 day use fee is required when using Pine Grove and Fairview boat ramps (kayaking is accessible directly from the campsites).

To protect the area from harmful pests, firewood must be purchased locally. Firewood is sold onsite by the campground host.

Dogs must be leashed at all times.

Written by Shawn Lehman for RootsRated.

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