Shasta Dam that
was built in 1945 is one of the largest concrete dams in the USA, it hold back
the Sacramento Rive and create Shasta Lake behind it.
Shasta Lake is
the California largest reservoir covering surface area of 30,000 acres; when it
is full it hold 4,552,000 acreft (5.615 km3) water, it has 370
miles of shoreline and five major lake arms. The lake extends for 15.3 miles
(24.6 km) up the Sacramento River and branches for more than 21 miles (34 km)
up the Pit River, which is the largest river flowing into the lake.
The Dam is
located just 15 miles north of Redding.
participate in a self-guided walking tour across the top of the dam, 6 a.m. to
10 p.m. daily.
Sunday, May 7 through Monday, (Labor Day) Sept. 4, Shasta Dam Visitor Center
will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and
Tuesday; closed: Wednesday and Thursday.
Due note 1: Free admission.
Due note 2: There is a
large parking lot near the Dam visitor center, restrooms are available.
Due note 3: When we visit
here (June 2023) the guided tore to the powerhouse below the dam was not
We visit here as
part of our north California road trip. It is interesting to see the site and
we enjoy the 20 minutes long movie at the visitor center.
The Dam structure
is impressively big, and the lake view with mount Shasta is nice.
Park near the
visitor center and get inside.
recommend watching the 20 minutes long movie that shows how they built this Dum
in the early 40’s (of the 20s century).
the movie, we saw the visitor center exhibits and from here we went to the Dam
You can walk over
the Dam all the way to the other side and enjoy the view to the lake on one
side or look down to the powerhouse on the other.
After our visit
at the dam site, on our way out, we stop at a high viewing point on the side of
the road. From here you have a panoramic vista of the dam and the lake and the mountains
on the other side of the river valley.