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Lake Shasta National Forest

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 40.678165 / Longitude: -122.370003

Lake Shasta provides an abundance of recreational opportunities from Resort Marinas, relaxing on the water on a newly rented houseboat, even fishing on the banks and so much more. The more you discover about the Lake Shasta area the more you will find it one of the best recreational areas in California.

Most Campgrounds are heavily forested with pine trees, oak trees, and Manzanita bushes. The campsites are spacious and manicured. Each campground contains a combination of flush toilets and vault toilets. Vault toilets are much like a fancy outhouse.

Vault toilets are clean, waterless and environmentally friendly. They are constructed using the United States Forest Service SST (Sweet Smelling Toilet) design standards.

Restrooms are cleaned twice a day and remain a top priority for our company. Water faucets are located between every 3-5 campsites and are intended for drawing water only. At this time, our campgrounds do not have showers although regulations allow for biodegradable soap and shampoo to be used in Shasta Lake for bathing purposes.

Location – Directions

Shasta Lake is located in northern California about 10 miles north of Redding, California, USA. Shasta Lake is located right on Interstate 5 (i-5) so it's easy to reach by car. Interstate 5 actually crosses right over Shasta Lake. If you can find i-5 just follow the signs directing you to "Redding". This will get you in the general area of Shasta Lake.

General Information
14538 Wonderland Boulevard
Redding, CA 96003

Lake Shasta National Forest Points of Interest & Attractions

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers recreation enthusiast unparalleled opportunities to pursue a wide variety of outdoor interests. Here you will find information on wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic byways, trails, streams, lakes and reservoirs for water sports and fishing, a variety of landscapes for hunting, trail and road systems for hiking, running, horseback riding and mountain biking, off-highway vehicle areas, snowmobile play, campgrounds, picnic areas, historic sites and lookout and cabin rentals just to name a few of the attractions.

Houseboat Rentals

I think this is the best way to see the lake and a great way to spend a relaxed vacation.

Shasta Dam

You'll have to get off the lake to take the daily tours through and under the country's second-largest concrete dam. A maximum of 40 people are allowed on each tour. Get there early to get in with less waiting. No phones, cameras or bags of any kind allowed on the tour. Exit I-5 at Shasta Dam Road.

Lake Shasta Caverns

Take a catamaran ride and a bus trip up the mountain before visiting this bit of underground geology. Take I-5 exit 395, or if you're boating, go up the McCloud Arm of the lake to Holiday Harbor Marina.

Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises

Cruises depart from the gift shop at Lake Shasta Caverns and run on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day, except holiday weekends.


The most popular activity on the lake, boating gives you a change to get around the lake and enjoy the scenery. You can rent a boat at many of the lakeside marinas. Most visitors to Shasta Lake find that the opportunities for boating are the finest in California. Whether skiing, fishing, canoeing, houseboating, or just floating on an old inner tube, being in and on the water at Shasta Lake is a boater's dream. Excellent launch facilities are maintained for public use and parking facilities with restrooms are well lighted and convenient to the major highways in the region. Ramps are spaced around the lake for quick access to favorite areas and low water ramps keep you in the water at all levels of the lake.


There are no developed swimming areas at Lake Shasta, but you can swim from the shore or off your boat.

Water skiing

Water skiing is popular everywhere on the lake, especially the Sacramento Arm and Jones Valley areas. Avoid the Pit River because of submerged debris.


Anglers can snag trophy-size bass and three- to ten-pound trout on Lake Shasta, along with bluegills, salmon, bass, crappie, catfish and sturgeon. You can buy a fishing license at most of the lakeside resorts, and some of them also rent fishing boats and fishing tackle.

Shasta Historic Park

Six miles west of Redding a row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings remind passing motorists that Shasta City, the lusty "Queen City" of California's northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered here during the California gold rush.