California Shasta Cascade Trinity Visitor Information

Explore Captain Jack’s Stronghold

InnerDefenseDuring the Modoc Indian War in 1873, Captain Jack and 50 indians held off and over 300 US Army troops by hiding and attacking from a natural stronghold. Along the shores of Tule Lake, ancient lava flows had formed a rugged, uneven terrain which became known as Captain Jack’s Stronghold. The area was cut with deep lava trenches and dotted with small habitable caves, creating a natural fortification and a seemingly endless variety of places through which one could move unnoticed.

These trenches offer a great play space and learning opportunity for kids.  During a recent trip, 30 youth from a local Boy Scout Troop spent over an hour playing “Indian,” running through the trenches, dodging make believe arrows, planning “surprise” attacks, and enjoying good old fashion fun!

Other activities nearby include Lava Beds National Park, Tule Lake, 6000 year old petroglyphs, and the largest WWII Japanese Internment Camp.

A trip to this remote section of Northern California affords days of activities and histroy lessons from a variety of eras.

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Top Attractions in the Shasta / Cascade / Trinity Area

Bizz Johnson Trail, Susanville
Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mineral
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Alturas
Shasta Cove Stables, Mt. Shasta
Wildlife Viewing at Packers Bay, Shasta Lake

Activities in the Shasta / Cascade / Trinity Area

Boating on Trinity Lake

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Brokeoff Mountain Trail

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Learn to Fly Fish

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Lose Yourself in a Lava Tube

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Camp-California is concerned about the health and safety of our campers and adventurers. While camping and outdoor activities do offer the ability to self-isolate, we are encouraging all California residents and travelers to shelter in place until further notice. We recognize that getting outdoors is what you do best, and we will be here to reacquaint you with nature once we're cleared for adventure again!


Most private parks are open with 14-day minimums. If you are a full-time RVer looking to shelter in place, a member of the traveling medical profession, or a utility worker looking for a park please call our office and we can connect you with an appropriate location.