360° VR Panoramas of Mount Shasta and the Klamath-Trinity Mountains
Shasta Lake
Whiskeytown Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

Shasta Dam, built 1938-45, was the second of the big federal reclamation projects and is the keystone of the Central Valley Project. It is 620 feet high, impounds the Sacramento, McCloud, and Pit Rivers in a huge reservoir and produces hydroelectric power steadily throughout the year. The water it impounds and releases irrigates the Central Valley and ultimately also serves the cities of Southern California.

Shasta Lake is also a major recreational resource, swarming with power boats and dotted with houseboats. The water level drops all through the summer, leaving a barren "bathtub ring" of dried red mud. In drought years the lake level may be down hundreds of feet, so far in fact that the boat ramps and marinas lose contact with the water.

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The boat ramp at Antlers, Shasta Lake with high water level

The boat ramp at Antlers, Shasta Lake with high water level

The boat ramp at Antlers, Shasta Lake with high water level

, California

Date photographed: June 9, 2006
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Low water in the summer of 2008 at the Antlers boat ramp

Low water in the summer of 2008 at the Antlers boat ramp

Low water in the summer of 2008 at the Antlers boat ramp

Shasta Lake, California

Date photographed: August 18, 2008
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On the shore of Shasta Lake at Bridge Bay Marina

On the shore of Shasta Lake at Bridge Bay Marina

On the shore of Shasta Lake at Bridge Bay Marina

, California

Date photographed: June 9, 2006
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Houseboats docked at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

Houseboats docked at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

Houseboats docked at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

, California

Date photographed: June 9, 2006
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Low water level at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

Low water level at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

Low water level at Bridge Bay on Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake, California

Date photographed: August 18, 2008
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The "Three Shastas" viewpoint

This wide viewpoint on the road to Shasta Dam affords a view of Shasta Dam, Shasta lake, and Mount Shasta.

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2016

Shasta Dam visitor center theater

Shasta Dam visitor center theater

Like other major public works projects, Shasta Dam has a visitor center to explain the Central Valley Project and descrie the building of the dam.

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2016

East end of Shasta Dam

East end of Shasta Dam

A security checkpoint stops all non-official vehicles at the east end of the dam.

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2016

On the crest of Shasta Dam

On the crest of Shasta Dam

It is 602 feet down from the crest of Shasta Dam to the level of the Sacramento River below.

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2016

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