Lake Shasta has served as a fun summer destination for decades. A popular recreational boating area, travelers will find all sorts of water sports ranging from waterskiing and house boating to swimming and fishing. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are popular land based activities along the shore line, while numerous camping options are also available.
From a historical standpoint, Lake Shasta is best known for the Shasta Dam, located on the Sacramento River north of Redding. Built between 1938 and 1945, the curved gravity dam is similar to the Hoover Dam and impressive to see at 602 feet (183 meters) high and 3,460 feet (1,055 meters) long. Its base thickness comes in at 543 feet (165.5 meters).
Free one-hour tours of Shasta Dam are given daily, although the dam is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tours are limited to 40 people and are first-come, first-served. Shasta Dam is approximately 10 miles north of Redding. Use the Shasta Dam Boulevard exit #685, off Interstate 5.