We have been in the marina business for 25 years and have come to be a premier houseboat rental company. We started on the O’Brien Inlet as Shasta Marina Resort in 1996. Then in 2015 we purchased Packers Bay Marina and have combined the two businesses. We moved everything from O’Brien Inlet to Packers Bay and are now known as Shasta Marina at Packers Bay. We’ve been lucky enough to build a crew that love their jobs and take pride in our marina and in our beautiful lake and forest.
Hospitality is the theme in every aspect of our dealings with customers. We strive to provide the most luxurious houseboats on the lake; unprecedented customer care; an impeccably maintained, state-of-the-art moorage facility; and easy access to necessary services. We have plenty of parking and are next door to the public launch ramp at Packers Bay. We look forward to winning your approval and becoming your preferred vacation destination.
Upon your arrival at our marina, please check in at our office window on the dock. Our friendly office staff will assist you in completing any paperwork you may have, issue your parking permits and boarding passes. Our staff will help you in parking your vehicles and unloading your belongings onto your houseboat. We offer launch ramp passes and parking for our houseboat and moorage customers. We have houseboat and small boat covered moorage and can accommodate annually. There is an air compressor on the dock for your inflatable toys. Our dock hands are here to help you load your houseboat and find your way to the perfect spot on the lake.
The summers at Shasta Lake are almost always hot and sunny with the average temperatures ranging between the 90's and 100's. Water temperatures range from the mid-70’s to 80’s. Enjoy your favorite water activities or the peace and solitude found in the secluded coves along the 375 miles of scenic shoreline.
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Shasta Marina at Packers Bay is located in the heart of Shasta Lake, 20 minutes north of Redding.
Directions — Northbound Interstate 5:
Take Interstate 5 North from Redding and drive about 15 miles to Exit 695 (O’Brien/Shasta Caverns Road). Turn left onto O’Brien Inlet Road. Continue under the freeway and turn left onto Interstate 5 South (there is no northbound exit), go two miles south to Exit 693 (Packers Bay Road). Turn right, then follow Packers Bay Road for two miles. Turn left as soon as you enter the public parking lot and follow the road to the marina entrance.
Directions — Southbound Interstate 5:
Take Interstate 5 South to Exit 693 (Packers Bay Road). Turn right onto Packers Bay Road, then follow Packers Bay Road for two miles. Turn left as soon as you enter the public parking lot and follow the road to the marina entrance.
Driving times from:
San Francisco: 4.5 hours
Sacramento: 3 hours
Los Angeles: 10 hours
Reno, Nevada: 4 hours
Portland, Oregon: 7 hours
Answers to Common Questions
We've compiled a list of answers to common questions.
Do you allow pets?
Yes, we allow two pets maximum. There is a fee of $8.00 per pet per night.
Is there a special operating license required for houseboating?
No, we require only a valid driver’s license.
What is the age requirement to rent a houseboat?
The minimum age is 25 years old, except for Mother’s Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend when it’s 30 years old.
Can ski boats be rented without a houseboat?
Do you sell fishing supplies at the marina?
We sell fishing poles, night crawlers, and a large variety of fishing tackle.
Do you have adequate secure parking for vehicles at your marina?
Yes, we have plenty of parking for all sizes of vehicles. We also provide night-time security during our season. If you plan to bring a motorhome, please call in advance.
Do you have a launch ramp?
We do have a private launch ramp for our rental customers, water level permitting.
Do you offer daily and weekly moorage?
Our marina has annual moorage. We are able to offer a temporary courtesy dock to our houseboat customers.
How far in advance do I need to make reservations?
To be sure to get the boat model and dates you want, you should make your reservations six months to a year in advance. The summer months are the most popular, so booking early is recommended. Our off seasons still supply marvelous weather–the lake is less crowded then and the prices are affordable. Because of the possibility of cancellations, we offer a waiting list–so don’t hesitate to inquire about any date. If you require very specific dates, we recommend booking 12 months in advance.
Are there any other costs involved in renting a houseboat (i.e. taxes, insurances, or other fees)?
No, we have conveniently combined everything into your rental amount. You will only be responsible for your fuel charges at the end of your trip.
What charges can be taken from my deposit?
Your deposit can be used to pay for cleaning, boat damage, loss of inventory, or late fees that you incur.
Do we need experience to drive a houseboat?
We have many first-time boaters. The captain of the boat, as well as a few members of your party, will receive a hands-on orientation. The amount of time spent depends on your boating experience and the number of questions asked.
Will my cell phone work at the lake?
Yes, most cell phones get reception in the wide-open areas of the lake. Some cells may experience difficulty in the coves. We advise you contact your service provider for a coverage map. You should give family our office number in case of emergencies.
Do you allow customers to store gasoline-filled containers on board?
No, for many safety reasons, we do not allow any sort of fuel to be stored on our houseboats or ski boats. All containers must be stored on land.
Are campfires on Lake Shasta permitted?
Yes, you can obtain a free fire permit issued by the Forest Service. We offer these permits in our office and on our dock.
Are personal watercraft allowed on Lake Shasta?
Yes, personal watercraft are allowed on our lake. If you don’t have your own, they are available to rent.
Are there restaurants on the lake?
Yes, there are several places to eat on the lake. Please call for details.
Our annual week-long family vacations on Shasta Lake are my family’s most special annual vacation. For the last 8 years we have rented the 16 Sleeper Mirage, a ski boat, jet ski and always have a blast on the lake. I have rented from other locations on Shasta Lake and can tell you that your boats (from Shasta Marina Resort) are absolutely the best on the lake, and they are well maintained. Your crew at the marina are top notch, courteous, helpful, and a pleasure to deal with. We look forward to our next vacation on Shasta Lake which is already booked!
— Randy Henderson
Without a doubt, the Shasta Marina Resort is the best place to go to for your house boat trip. We have been with them for many years, even before the ownership change in 1996. with over 30 years of experience we can clearly say Shasta Marina Resort is the best and the only one we go to. Great service and always professional. Clean boats, and the floor plan easily accommodates the needs of passengers. Office staff offer a big smile, a wonderful hello and make the check-in or check-out easy.
— Your loyal customers, Cheryl, Debbie, Carol, Donna, Jennifer & Gloria
We can’t say enough about our time on Lake Shasta at the Shasta Marina! The staff are exceptional as are the boats and amenities! We love our time with our friends and this is the perfect getaway with or without kids! Cruising the lake, boating, jet-skiing then relaxing in the hot tub, what a treat! Gorgeous sunsets and sunrises…we can’t wait for our next trip! Thanks for always making our time on the lake wonderful!
— Ted McWilliams & Carrie Kenney