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Shasta Lake

Listed under Lakes in California, United States.

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Shasta Lake is an artificial lake formed by the construction of the Shasta Dam along the Sacramento River. Shasta lake is nestled in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and attracts visitors for camping, site seeing, and recreation. Water recreation includes boating, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and swimming. A marina on the lake offers boat and jet ski rentals allowing guests from all distances to join in the water recreation.

Onshore guests enjoy mountain biking, caving, hiking and off-roading.

 Shasta Dam, which created Shasta Lake, was built between 1935 and 1945 and became the second largest dam in the United States. The dam’s construction flooded the town of Kennett, which remains submerged at the lake’s depths today. Water flowing through the dam is now utilized for electricity, irrigation and flood control.

Tour operators guide visitors on tours of the Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta Caverns. Guests have a range of options when it comes to accommodations. The area is home to camp sites, RV parks, motels and cabin rentals.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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