A Convenient Shasta Lake Hotel
Stay Near the Caverns, the Forest, and the Dam
Shasta Lake is Northern California's most popular destination for boating, water skiing, and lake fishing. The 30,000-acre lake is California's largest reservoir, and the third-largest body of water in the entire state. Access to the lake -- including its many hiking trails, boat ramps, and historic dam -- is available just 12 miles from our convenient Shasta Lake hotel.
TOP THINGS TO DO AT SHASTA LAKE
LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS
Accessible only via boat (and then a brief bus ride), Lake Shasta Caverns is a one-of-a-kind network of subterranean caves. Home to notable minerals such as Limestone and Calcite and unique fauna such as the Spotted Shasta Salamander, the caves are 250 million-year-old pieces of living history. One of three discovered caverns in the Lake Shasta area, Lake Shasta Caverns features dramatic stalactites and stalagmites extending from its ceiling and floor and carries a rich history of spelunking and discovery. The caverns are only accessible via guided tours (lakeshastacaverns.com), which cost $24 for adults and $14 for children.
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST
Hiking, boating, and camping are all available at this 2.1 million-acre swath of protected woodland. The centerpieces of the forest are Mount Shasta, towering at 14,162 feet above sea level, and its 365 miles of shoreline, which provide ample opportunities for exploring and boating. Camping is available in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in cabins, group campgrounds, or more remote dispersed campgrounds along hiking trails in one of the forest's five wilderness areas. Hikers can wind their way through the expansive national forest via the Pacific Crest Trail, with several local access points.
It may not garner as much attention as its neighbor to the south, the Hoover Dam, but the Shasta Dam is an architectural and engineering marvel to behold. It stands 602 feet high, making it the second-highest concrete dam in the world at the time of its construction in 1945. The dam was built over the course of seven years by a team of 4,700 laborers, utilizing 15 million tons of concrete. The dam is accessible today via the visitors' center, which offers tours and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Please call (530) 275-4463 for more information on tour availability.