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The Upper Sacramento River

From its headwaters to the city of Sacramento, California

The Sacramento is the longest river entirely within Califonia, and the most important because of the role it plays in supplying water for points south. It rises in the deep snows of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Range, then follows a picturesque canyon down to the flat agricultural lands of the Sacramento Valley.

Gumboot Lake

This small lake in a glacial cirque near the crest of the Eddy Range is the ultimate source of the Sacramento River.


Headwaters Spring

Many regard this spring, with its supposed healing properties, to be the true source of the Sacramento River.


Mount Shasta Hatchery

The oldest still-operating fish hatchery in the west, it utilizes abundant cold spring water to raise trout for planting in rivers and lakes.

Official site: California Department of Fish and Wildlife: Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery

Wikipedia article: Mount Shasta, California

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Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery claims to be the oldest in the west, dating from 1888. In addition to trout of various sizes, it produces over 30 million trout eggs a year for other California hatcheries.

Mount Shasta, California

May 6, 2001
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Upper Sacramento River
Dunsmuir

Mossbrae Falls

At Mossbrae Falls in the Sacramento River Canyon above Dunsmuir, cold pure water from the snows of Mount Shasta erupts in springs from the cliff face, covered in ferns and other lush vegetation.

Wikipedia article: Mossbrae Falls

 thumbnail - The Geography Field Class 2006 at Mossbrae Falls

The Geography Field Class 2006 at Mossbrae Falls

near Dunsmuir, California

September 24, 2006
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Mount Shasta City

The railroad turntable in Dunsmuir

This was originally a railroad town, with maintenance shops for the extra locomotives needed to pull trains up out of the Canyon and over Black Butte Summit.

Official site: City of Dunsmuir

Wikipedia article: Dunsmuir

 thumbnail - Dunsmuir locomotive turntable and site of the roundhouse

This was my grandfather's railroad - the locomotive roundhouse where he worked in 1919, soon after he emigrated from Scotland. The roundhouse is gone, but a deep spot in the adjacent river is still called "Roundhouse Pool"

Dunsmuir, on the Sacramento River, California

September 24, 2006
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Castle Crags

These granite domes and spires tower above the Sacramento River a few miles downstream from Dunsmuir.

 thumbnail - The first view of Mount Shasta on the Crags Trail

The first view of Mount Shasta on the Crags Trail

Castle Crags State Park, California

May 5, 2001
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Sweetbrier on the Sacramento River

This strip of vacation homes and fishing lodges lines the green and leafy Sacramento River, with many of the buildings projecting out over the water.

 thumbnail - Bridge over the Sacramento River in the cabin community of Sweetbrier

Bridge over the Sacramento River in the cabin community of Sweetbrier

, California

June 9, 2006
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Boat Ramp on Lake Shasta

Despite the steep terrain, recreational facilites are abundant around the edges of huge Lake Shasta.

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

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

, California

June 9, 2006
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Shasta Lake

Low water in Lake Shasta

Periodic droughts in California can lower the water level in Lake Shasta dramatically. Compare this picture with the previous one taken at the same place when the reservoir was full.

 thumbnail - 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

August 18, 2008
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Bridge Bay Marina low water

In drought years floating docks and marina facilities sink with the water level and islands become peninsulas.

 thumbnail - Bridge Bay Marina with low water level summer 2008

Bridge Bay Marina with low water level summer 2008

Shasta Lake, California

August 18, 2008
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Shasta Dam

Built 1937-45, this massive concrete dam, 602 feet (183 meters) high and 3,460 feet (1,050 meters) wide, was the keystone of the Central Valley Project.

 thumbnail - On the crest of Shasta Dam, key structure in the Central Valley Project

On the crest of Shasta Dam, key structure in the Central Valley Project

, California

May 4, 2001
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Santiago Calatrava's Sundial Bridge

This elegant pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River in Redding is actually a functional sundial.

 thumbnail - Sundial Bridge Over the Sacramento River

The Sundial Bridge has a glass deck allowing one to look down into the clear waters of the Sacramento River.

Redding, California

June 22, 2009
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Lake Red Bluff

A weir slows the Sacramento River as it passes through the city of Red Bluff.


Ide Adobe on the Sacramento River

This adobe, built in 1852, is perched on a low bluff above the broad Sacramento River near Red Bluff.

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The Ide Adobe is right on the Sacramento River near Red Bluff. Before there were roads the river was the easiest way to travel.

William B. Ide Adobe State Historical Park, Red Bluff, California

July 28, 2013
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Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Camping, picnicing, fishing, boating and even a small beach make Woodson Bridge a popular place in summer.

 thumbnail - The Sacramento River at Woodson Bridge

At Woodson Bridge the Sacramento River flows between natural banks, no levees, covered with riparian forest.

near Corning, California

August 18, 2008
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Riparian forest at Woodson Bridge

A small slice of native riparian forest with towering oaks, sycamores, and cottonwoods is preserved at Woodson Bridge.

 thumbnail - Tall riparian forest behind the natural levee at Woodson Bridge

The riparian forest behind the natural levee at Woodson Bridge includes native walnut trees and sprawling grape vines.

near Corning, California

August 18, 2008
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Bidwell Sacramento River State Park


Site of the Princeton Ferry

This was the last public ferry across the Sacramento River.


Colusa


Sutter Buttes


Knights Landing


I-5 bridge at Woodland


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