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French Gulch

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Connie thought this whole little town has burned down, from the Carr Fire (2018) but I am still think otherwise. Plan to visit soon and make my updates on this page. French Gulch California is a small, rural mountain community in Northern California. Located on Clear Creek, French Gulch is situated in between two major recreation lakes - Trinity Lake & Whiskeytown Reservoir.
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elevation: 1355' population: 346 zip code: 96033


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Shasta County
W of Redding
N of Hwy. 299



  • back roads
  • backpacking
  • boating
  • camping
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking
  • off-roading
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Trinity Lake
  • Whiskeytown Lake
  • Trinity Alps Wilderness
  • Shasta Trinity National Forest
  • Chappie-Shasta OHV Trails
  • Redding BLM: Bureau of Land Management
  • French Gulch County Park
  • Lewiston Reservoir
  • french gulch campgrounds

    Oak Bottom @ Whiskeytown
    Chappie 4x4 Camping
    Douglas City Campground BLM

    tent camping

    Small canyon with historic buildings set near 2 large lakes, a river & creeks. Big area for off roaders, due to east access into the backcountry. 2018 Wildfires may have scorched much of the area.

    nearby towns:
    Trinity Center
    Douglas City
    local links:

    Whiskeytown: Carr Fire 2018
    French Gulch History

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