The lake is home to several cold water fish, including chinook salmon, brown trout and many species of bass, making it a popular fishing destination year-round. Several commercial marinas offer boat rentals during the summer, public boat ramps are open year-round and shoreline fishing is accessible in several areas around the lake.
On the Water
Canoers and kayakers can find peaceful refuge in the quieter fingers of the lake. The U.S. Forest Service manages seven boat launches around the lake, most of which require a day-use fee and are open year-round.
Nestled in the heart of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Shasta Lake is close to miles of hiking and mountain biking trials. Several of the 11 hiking trails at the lake start or end at public campgrounds and day-use areas.
Shasta Lake is home to many bird species including the majestic bald eagle and osprey. Whether from land or by water, keep an eye open for mule deer, double-crested cormorants, and even the occasional river otter.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 22 campgrounds around the lake, including four that are boat-access only, which are open year-round. Private campgrounds and resorts are spaced around the lake and offer yurts, cabins and houseboats for rent.
The Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center offers trail maps and campfire permits for the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. The Center is in Mountain Gate, off of Interstate 5 at exit No. 687.