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Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area and Shasta Campground
The Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area is located on the western side of Shasta Dam. The day use staging area offers parking, unloading ramps, vault toilets, shaded picnic area, trail access, and information kiosks. There is no fee for using the day use area. This area is located on Forest Service land and is maintained and administered by the Shasta Trinity National Recreation Area.

Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area and Shasta Campground
From Redding, take Interstate 5 north about 10 miles to the Shasta Dam exit. Follow Shasta Dam Boulevard 2 miles; turn right on Lake Boulevard to Shasta Dam. A permit is required to cross Shasta Dam at this time (see PERMITS AND REGULATIONS). After crossing Shasta Dam, turn left and travel 2 miles to the facilities.

Copley Mountain OHV Staging Area
The Copley Mountain OHV Staging Area is a day use only OHV staging facility providing parking for 15-20 vehicles, information kiosks, toilet facilities, unloading ramps, and trail access. From the Copley Mountain OHV Staging Area you can access either route #4 or #3. Both of these routes provide southern access into the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area. Route #4 is recommended for advance riders only, while route #3 is suitable for beginner to expert level OHV users. If you travel north on route #3 for approximately 7 miles you will reach the Forest Service Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area and Shasta Campground. Route #3 is a roughly graded road and 4-wheel drive is recommended. There are 2 gates located on the southern end of route #3 that are closed during rainy weather. For gate closures and current information, you can call (530) 224-2100 and press 7. The Copley Mountain OHV Staging area is maintained and administered by the Bureau of Land Management Redding field office.

Directions to the Copley Mountain OHV Staging Area
From Redding, take highway 299 about 1 mile west of the city limits to Iron Mountain Road. Turn right on Iron Mountain Road and continue for about 6 miles to Matheson Road. Turn right at Matheson Road where you see the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area sign. Copley Mountain Staging is on the right side of Matheson Road about one tenth of a mile from Iron Mountain Road.

Big Gulch Area
Access to the northwestern portions of the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area is also possible. This area is known as the Big Gulch area. Big Gulch is a desirable OHV user destination due to the large continuous blocks of public land, remote rugged terrain, diverse and challenging trail network, and spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and the Trinity Alps.

Directions to the Big Gulch Area
You may access this area by crossing Shasta Dam and traveling over Bohemotash Mountain on route #1. Motorcycle and ATV riders can access this area by trail from either Chappie-Shasta OHV Staging Area or Copley Mountain Staging Area (see MAP).

Source: BLM Web Site

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