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Lake Information for Shasta Lake


Shasta Lake is a reservoir created by the building of Shasta Dam in California, USA. Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in California,[1] and third largest lake, after Lake Tahoe and the Salton Sea, with a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet (5.6 kmĀ³). At full pool, the lake has an elevation of 1,067 feet (325 m), and a surface area of 30,000 acres (120 km2).[1] Ten miles (16 km) north of the city of Redding, with the town of Lakehead its northern shores, Shasta Lake is popular for boating, water skiing, camping, house boating, and fishing. Formed by the damming of the Sacramento River, Pit River, McCloud River and several smaller tributaries, the lake boasts 365 miles (587 km) of mostly steep mountainous shoreline covered with tall evergreen trees and manzanita. Maximum depth is 517 feet (158 m). Shasta Dam was constructed between 1935 and 1945, while the lake was formed in 1948. It became the second largest dam, and tallest concrete dam in the USA

Facilities and Parks: 

Many access sites. Boat ramp only at Fenders Ferry site. Marina, bait & tackle, store, resort.

Directions to Lake: 

From Redding, on Hwy I-5; 1) Go 23 mi. N to Antlers, on the Sacramento River arm. 2) Take Hwy 299 E from Redding, go 34 mi. At 1 mi. W of Montgomery Creek, turn N on Fenders Ferry Rd., go 8 mi. to boat ramp on Pit river arm.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Largemouth Bass
Sockeye Salmon
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Redding Boat Works
  • 4633 Shasta Dam Blvd - Central Valley, CA
  • (530) 275-1495

Vacation Rental

  • 1286 Twin View Blvd - Redding, CA
  • (530) 246-2222

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