Local Resources


ShastaDamShasta Dam: Tour the second largest concrete dam in the U.S. Free tours provided at the visitor center.
BY CAR: Take I-5 to Exit 685 and head west until you reach the dam.
BY BOAT: Beach your boat on the east side of the dam and walk up to the visitor center.


ShastaCavernsShasta Caverns: Begin your tour with a boat ride across Lake Shasta and then a scenic bus ride–going up 800 feet–to the caverns. You will see stalactites and stalagmites, draperies, helictites, and cave coral. BRING YOUR CAMERA!

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Exit 695, then go east and follow the Shasta Caverns signs.
BY BOAT: Go to the lower McCloud Arm on the east side, across from Holiday Harbor Marina. Tie off houseboats on the shore. Smaller boats may tie off on the dock.

SamwellCaveSamwell Cave: The cave’s first room is open to the public. Samwell Cave is noted for its use among the Wintu Indians. In the closed portion of the cave, scientists have discovered cultural artifacts and Ice Age fossils. Legends tell of pools of magic powers and ritual ceremonies. A key from the Forest Service can by applied for if you wish to visit the entire cave.

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Exit 697, drive over McCloud Bridge, and park on the right-hand side.
BY BOAT: The cave is accessible by parking at Point McCloud. Follow the nature trail to the entrance at the north end of the McCloud Arm on the east side.


Samwell Cave Nature Trail

BY CAR: Take Gilman Road (Exit 698 off of Interstate 5), then go down to the cave by a footpath, which starts 2.8 miles past the McCloud River Bridge.
BY BOAT: Go to Point McCloud (on the McCloud Arm) and follow the nature trail one mile up to the cave entrance.



GreensCreekTrailGreens Creek Trail: The trail is six miles round-trip and climbs over limestone mountains.

BOAT ACCESS ONLY: Go to the east side of the McCloud River or to Bear Cove on the southwest Squaw Creek Arm.


Sugarloaf Creek Trail: The trail is four miles long and ends at Sugarloaf Road.

BY CAR: Take Lakeshore Drive (Exit 703), turn left, and follow the signs.
: The trail is accessible at Sugarloaf Creek, crossing on the Sacramento River Arm.


HirzBayTrailHirz Bay Trail: A scenic two-mile walk crossing creeks and great vistas.

BY CAR: Take Gilman Road (Exit 697) to Hirz Bay Amphitheater.
BY BOAT: The trail can be hiked from Hirz Bay Amphitheater or Dekkas Rock Campground on the northwest McCloud Arm.

Hirz Mountain Lookout: This lookout is available for rent to the public seasonally–by reservation only–to anyone 18 years of age or older. Seasons normally run from May 1st through October 15th.  The lookout has a maximum capacity of four people. The rental fee is $35 per night with a maximum four-day stay per group/per year.  Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.  Make reservations to stay by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) at 1-877-444-6777 or by contacting them through the web at www.Recreation.gov.

PackersBayTrailSystemPackers Bay Trail System: A four-trail loop system.

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Packers Bay Exit. Take Exit 695, get back on I-5 and go south, and then take Exit 693.
BY BOAT: Go to Packers Bay across from Bridge Bay.



BaileyCoveTrailBailey Cove Trail: Three miles of sightseeing, fishing, and swimming. Includes a public boat ramp.

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Exit 695, then follow Shasta Cavern Road.
BY BOAT: Go to the west side of the McCloud Arm.



ClikipudiTrailClikipudi Trail: An eight-mile loop, the longest maintained trail on Lake Shasta.

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Oasis Road (Exit 683) to Bear Mountain Road, then take the trail at Jones Valley Campground.
BY BOAT: The trail starts at Jones Valley Campground on the Pit River Arm and ends at the boat ramp.


Dry Fork Trail: A trail following the shoreline to the Dry Creek Inlet. Great fishing and panoramic views.

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Shasta Dam Blvd. (Exit 685) and follow the signs.
BY BOAT: The trail is on the west side of Shasta Dam at a county road that is only accessible when the lake is down 15 feet or more.


BullyHillMineBully Hill Mine

BOAT ACCESS ONLY: The mine is located at the Squaw Creek Arm on the northwest side. The ruins of Bully Hill Mine can be seen on a flat just above the north shore line. This was a copper-producing mine from 1901–1927 that sat just above the town of Delamar. You can reach the mine ruins by taking a 2.5-mile trail at Baxters Gulch and ending at the mine.

Photo Collection: Relating to the Lawerence May Family. Contributor: The Bancroft Library, University of CA., Berkeley .

LittleBackBoneRockSlideLittle BackBone RockSlide

BOAT ACCESS ONLY: Go to the Sacramento Arm at the end of Little Backbone Creek. Hike up the creek for approximately 20 minutes.




WatersGulchWaters Gulch

BOAT ACCESS ONLY: Go to the Sacramento Arm on the northern end near Packers Bay. This 20-foot waterfall is visible from the Waters Gulch Trail.




BearCanyonFallsBear Canyon Falls

BOAT ACCESS ONLY: Go three miles past Stein Creek on the Pit River Arm. This is a 25-foot waterfall. Do not attempt to go by boat if the water is below 25 feet down; hike in. The waterfall is near Arbuckle Flat.


Indian Creek Falls

BY CAR: Take I-5 to Gilman Road (Exit 698) to Gregory Beach Campground.
BY BOAT: Access the waterfall across from the Antlers Resort on the Sacramento Arm.


PotemFallsPotem Falls

BY CAR: Take Fenders Ferry Road, Exit 697, one (1) mile past the bridge over the North Pit River.
BY BOAT: Beach the boat close to the Pit 7 Dam in a safe place. Beware of dangerous conditions for parking your boat. Hike up to Fenders Ferry Road. Go over the bridge and follow the road one (1) mile.

  • Shasta Lake Houseboat Sales: This is the largest selection of BROKERED HOUSEBOATS in California! They also feature: Shasta Lake Houseboat Storage, Dry Dock Boat and RV Storage, and Shasta Marine Transport.
  • ShastaLake.com: Go here for Shasta Lake tourism and recreation information.
  • Shasta Lake Chamber of CommerceThe Shasta Lake area is located at the very top of the great Central Valley in beautiful Northern California and is nestled between lush green mountains.
  • Tsasdi ResortImmaculate cabins–with fully equipped kitchens and private decks–are nestled among a forest of blacks oaks overlooking our dock on Shasta Lake. Come hide away at Tsasdi Resort. Our year-round cabin rental resort offers the finest Shasta Lake lodging for all your Northern California adventures.
  • SugarLoaf Cottages Resort: These cozy cabins are nestled along the shore of Lake Shasta. Sugarloaf Cottages is the perfect location for a romantic weekend getaway, a fishing vacation, or a family gathering. Escape to Sugarloaf Cottages Resort.
  • Lakeshore Inn and RVWe are nestled in a shady grove of tall pines and oak trees overlooking Shasta Lake!
  • Silverthorn Pizza & PubEnjoy a cocktail on the large outside deck or enjoy our awesome pizza or the coldest beer or beverage. Check out the latest sporting events on our two big screen TVs or enjoy a game of eight-ball on our pool table.
  • Cook House: 10300 Bridge Bay Rd. Redding, CA  96003  530 275-3021
  • Basshole BrewsCatch the excitement! We also feature a tackle and bait shop. We are your headquarters for fun, seven days a week! Families welcome.
  • Country Cooking at Lakeshore Inn and RV: We are a full-service restaurant. Dinners on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights are our barbecue nights–featuring chicken, tri-tip, and baby back ribs with all the fixings.
  • International Amateur TourThe INT League is an exciting league for wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and wakeskating. We are turning these recreational activities into a SPORT!
  • Phil’s PropellersWe specialize in high-performance bass boat propellers. We carry over 1,000 new and used propellers in stainless, bronze, and aluminum. We offer high-quality repairs of propellers on-site, as well as polishing services.
  • Lakehead Trout DerbyWe are in the Lakehead Community of Shasta Lake and would like to WELCOME all anglers old and young to our Trout Derby. We hope you will get to know all that this part of Shasta Lake has to offer.
  • Shasta Tackle CompanyIt was a boyhood dream and the love of fishing that inspired Gary Miralles to begin inventing fishing lures at age 16.
  • Sunset MarketplaceSunset Marketplace is proud to provide delivery service directly to your houseboat when you’re vacationing on beautiful Lake Shasta. We can provide you with all of your grocery, produce, and beverage needs. Ordering is easy.
  • Farmer’s MarketStart your trip off right! Allow Shasta Lake’s premier full-service supermarket to make your houseboat vacation fun from the start. It’s easy!

Keith Marsh: Keith is one of our favorite repeat customers who also enjoys photography. If you found Keith’s pictures extraordinary, click on this link to see more of his work.

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