Lake Shasta Facts

Lake Shasta Facts
The Shasta Lake area is one of California's best places for recreation. With hiking, fishing, water sports, canoeing, kayaking and mountain biking trails, the region is a playground for the adventurous. Lake Shasta's distinctive arms provide plenty of different ways to relax, each with its own charm.


Shasta Lake was formed in 1948 when the Shasta Dam trapped water from the McCloud River, the Sacramento River and the Pit River. When it's full, it has more than 350 miles of coastline, more than San Francisco Bay.


From the highway, Shasta Lake appears to be several lakes, but in reality, it's one lake with seven distinctive areas, called "arms."

Quietest Campgrounds

The quietest campgrounds are off Gilman Road. There are also more bears in that area. Keep your food supplies locked and covered.

Services for Tourists

Gear shops, restaurants and rental equipment are available at the Lakehead area.

Cavern Tours

From the O'Brien arm, you can hike up to the Shasta Lake Cavern tours to see ancient stalagtites and stalagmites. Bring a flashlight.


The Jones Lake area boasts the best bird watching and fishing plus access to the wide open water-skiing areas.

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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