Shooting guns, hunting, camping, woodcutting and campfires aren’t permitted around Lake Siskiyou, in what’s officially called the Box Canyon Project Area.

Shooting guns, hunting, camping, woodcutting and campfires aren’t permitted around Lake Siskiyou, in what’s officially called the Box Canyon Project Area.

Some citizens say they’ve heard gunfire around the lake in recent months, said Siskiyou County General Services Manager Randy Akana.

Though Siskiyou County Sheriff’s deputies haven’t found anyone doing this, Akana wants to remind people guns aren’t allowed in the area.

Mount Shasta resident Robin Shanti Ariel said she is concerned with the gunfire because it could be dangerous. It also disturbs the peace of the lake area and can be frightening for dogs, she said.

“No Hunting” signs are posted around the lake, said Akana, but the county doesn’t want to “inundate it with signs,” because it takes away from the pristine nature of the area. Some signs have disappeared and the county is in the process of ordering new ones.

The Box Canyon Project Area is 2,000 acres around Lake Siskiyou and is managed by the county.

Other prohibitions include swimming in the cordoned off area near the dam, unleashed dogs, horses entering the water, jumping from Wagon Creek Bridge, possession or lighting of fireworks, and crossing the bridge by any means other than by foot.

The text of the county’s ordinance can be found online at http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16630

The Project area is adjacent in some places to National Forest land, where hunting and shooting is allowed.

Akana said if anyone hears shooting around the lake, they can call the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department to report it.

The phone number for the 24 hour dispatch is (530) 841-2900.