Hat Creek Park

Renowned for its quality fly fishing, Hat Creek Park offers easy access to some of the most exciting fishing around, right off Highway 299 in Shasta County.  This local favorite fishing spot is a County Park and includes ADA accessible fishing, toilet facilities, picnic areas and a beautiful setting right on Hat Creek.

You can fish from the banks right in the park, or follow some fishermen trails to get to a slightly more secluded spot on Hat Creek.  Several picnic tables and campfire rings are scattered across the grounds and make for good spots for a roadside picnic.  A couple of the picnic areas are ADA accessible, while a few others are tucked away in the trees and offer more private settings.

Hat Creek was the first Wild Trout Area in California's Wild Trout Program. Traditionally known as one of the premier spring creek fisheries in the state, Hat Creek suffered from invasive species and fishing pressure in the 1950s. Thanks to ongoing restoration efforts since the 60's and 70's and careful management and public education, Hat Creek is once again one of California's best fly fishing rivers.

Whether you're an experienced fly fisherman or novice, Hat Creek Park offers an easy way to access the amazing fishing and scenery of Hat Creek.  It's worth a stop when traveling on Highway 299, whether you have your rod or a picnic lunch.

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Latitude: 40.9765933 Longitude: -121.5584421 Elevation: 2804 ft
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Rules and Regulations for Fishing Area

Catch and Release, barb less hooks only.  Two trout limit per day. 

Hints and Tips for Fishing this Area

For the best advice and tips on fishing Hat Creek, or anywhere else in Shasta County, go to The Fly Shop in Redding located at 4140 Churn Creek Road. They can also be reached at www.theflyshop.com or give them a call at 1-800-669-3474.

Best Access and Parking Areas

A large paved lot is accessible between Highway 299 and Hat Creek. 

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Hat Creek Park offers rare ADA access to fishing on Hat Creek.  A recently installed concrete pad extends almost to the water's edge.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs must remain on a leash.


Very nice little park just off of 299. I don't know about the fishing, but it makes for a peaceful place to stop while on the road. Toilets are available.

Peter, 5/23/2016

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