Trinity River Conservation Camp #3


Contact Info

3325 Pettijohn Road, Lewiston, CA 96052
CAL-FIRE: (530) 286-2880
CDCR: (530) 286-2886

CDCR Camp Staff

  • George Oberst, Lt.


  • Tom Lubas, Division Chief

2020 Camp Statistics

CDCR Staff: 9

Total number of inmates: 46

Total inmate capacity: 120

Camp Products

  • Lumber mill
  • Cabinet shop
  • Sewing / Upholstery shop
  • Welding shop

Community service projects

During the 2015 calendar year the Trinity River Conservation Camp, through Conservation and work projects, provided the local communities with 148,312 work hours to Local, State and Federal government agencies. In addition to project and conservation work, the inmate fire crews provided 129,288 hours in fire fighting and other emergency work. It is estimated through the emergency responses to fires, other emergencies, and project work, the CDCR inmates at Trinity River Conservation Camp #3 provided a cost avoidance to the taxpayers of California of $2,494,307.76.

The benefit to taxpayers from inmate labor at Trinity River CC #3 is anticipated to remain high in the following years due to the continuing drought conditions.

Camp History

Trinity River Conservation Camp #3 was opened May 1988. The Camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL-FIRE). The primary mission of the camp is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression, principally in the Trinity, Shasta, and Siskiyou County areas. In addition to fire suppression, inmate hand crews provide a work force for floods, conservation projects, and community services for Local, State, and Federal government agencies. CC #3 In-camp projects include a saw mill, and a mill and cabinet shop where the inmate crews build and repair office furniture, construct wood signs, and fabricate picnic benches for tax supported, government agencies. Additionally, Trinity River Conservation Camp has a Mobile Kitchen Unit, which provides feeding for thousands of fire fighters during emergency assignments on fires, flood control and natural disasters.

The CDCR is responsible for the security, supervision, care, and the discipline of the inmates. CAL-FIRE maintains the camp, supervises the work of the inmate hand crews and the mobile kitchen unit, and is responsible for the custody of inmates on their CAL-FIRE project activities. CDCR staff may accompany the fire crews to provide for security and care of the inmates while they are away form the camp on fires, floods, or other emergency assignments. Inmates must be directly supervised 24 hours a day while on work projects and while away on emergency incidents.

Inmate Programs

  • Religious faith based services
  • Hobby Craft program
  • Visiting program
  • Canteen program
  • College and other educational correspondence services available
  • DMV Pre-Release Program