Shasta Lake is one of the top ten lakes in the United States for houseboating, named in publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Houseboat Magazine, and America’s Best. As the third largest body of water in California and a surface area of 30,000 acres, it’s become the houseboat capital of the world. Here are several reasons why Shasta Lake houseboats are so popular.
Absolutely Stunning Scenery
Shasta Lake is in the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area (WST-NRA) and is surrounded by 365 miles of mountainous shoreline. Tall evergreens and manzanita populate the terrain. The lake maintains an incredible turquoise hue, thanks to the glacier-fed rivers that flow into it.
Houseboats can dock along the shoreline and vacationers can explore the area on one of the numerous hiking trails that run along Shasta Lake. Some of the trails are only accessible by boat, with trailheads near the water. Houseboaters can also enjoy waterfalls, caverns, and secluded fishing spots.
Lake Shasta is just 10 miles north of Redding, California, which is the second sunniest city in the United States. That means that you’re very likely to have gorgeous sunshine, particularly during the months of May through October. However, since Redding has an 88 percent average of sunshine, you may be fortunate enough to get some of that sunshine in the other months too.
Summers are hot and dry, with average highs in the 80s and 90s. Winters average highs in the 50s and 60s. Shasta Lake experiences minimal winds year-round, which means that the water is almost always serene and well-suited to houseboating. When there is rain, it’s usually a light drizzle rather than a heavy downpour.
Prime Spot for Water Sports & Fishing
With the hot summer temperatures warming up the water, Shasta Lake stays at a temperature of about 78°F. This makes it a prime spot for all types of water sports, such as swimming, water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, wakeskating, tubing, jet skiing, and more. Houseboaters often rent ski boats and jet skis to take their lake fun up a notch. It’s a fishermen’s paradise too, with fish of all kinds making their home in the lake—trout, bass, salmon, bluegill, white sturgeon, and many more.
It’s really no wonder that houseboats at Shasta Lake continue to be one of the best ways to get away from it all. When you need a soothing retreat replete with gorgeous scenery, almost-perfect weather, and top-notch lake fun, Shasta Lake is the perfect place to go.