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Explore Caverns, Rent Jet Skis, and Go Boating on Shasta Lake

Take in views of snow-capped mountains and lushly forested shores as you drift along the crystaline waters of Lake Shasta. Surrounded by rugged wilderness, California's largest reservoir provides plenty of space to stretch out and bask in the sunshine. Fish for bass, sturgeon, trout, and catfish in the glassy blue lake. Find hundreds of calm coves to drop anchor in for lunch. Ramble up hiking trails along wooded hillsides, rocky cliffs, and quiet creeks. Go on a guided tour of Shasta Dam or head underground at Lake Shasta Caverns, an awe-inspiring cave system that's 250 million years old. Watch for black bears, mountain lions, and bald eagles around the lake. Hop on a jet ski or inner tube and have the time of your life. Immerse yourself in the epic fun of this free-spirited outdoor playground.


Prices -

$12 daily use fee is required at all public ramps.

Hours -

Visitor Center is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


  • Boating & Fishing
  • Water Skiing
  • Caverns
  • Wakeboarding
  • Hiking & Mountain Biking
  • Dam Tours


  • Is Lake Shasta a man-made lake?

    Yes, Lake Shasta is created by the Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, which was completed in 1944. It's one of the largest lakes in the western U.S. and features 365 miles of shoreline when full!
  • When is the best time to go to Lake Shasta?

    Lake Shasta is a popular summertime destination. Its clear, refreshing waters are perfect for cooling off when the temperature heats up from mid-June to mid-September. Spring and fall are great for hiking, fishing, and cavern tours.

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