Iron Gate Reservoir

Iron Gate Reservoir

Iron Gate Reservoir is located about 10 miles east of Interstate 5 and continues upstream to Copco Reservoir.  The road to Iron Gate Reservoir is about 15 miles north of Yreka, CA off of Interstate 5.  Popular for boating, water skiing, and fishing.

Open Dates:  Some of the recreation areas are open year round, including Camp Creek Campground.  Other campgrounds such as Mirror Cove and Juniper Point are open from May to October.  The reservoir is popular with fishing, water skiing, swimming, hiking, and biking.

Fees:  FREE!  No charge for camping, boat launching, etc.  No reservations first come first served.

Wildlife:  Squirrels, pelicans, sea gulls, numerous types of birds of prey, possible deer or raccoon’s.  In the warm days and months be  aware there are snakes in the area.  Both rattlesnakes and others.

Rolling type hills with small oaks and brush.  Reservoir.  Can be windy but often the water is good for water skiing; generally the wind comes up in the afternoon for 2 or 3 hours and then subsides during the summer months.  Can be very warm during the days in the summer, but evenings usually cool down somewhat.  Spring is the nicest time in the area, with nice days and cool nights.  In the spring the hills are generally still green and lush, in the summer the area becomes very dry on the surrounding hills.  During warm months be aware of rattlesnakes in the area, especially when hiking.  Minimal cell phone reception in the area.  Only one camp area has potable water.

Photo Credit: Siskiyou County Camping Blogspot


Iron Gate Reservoir, Hornbrook, CA

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