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Things to do in Shasta Lake

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Transportation
“This is a must see for out of area visitors. It is a 30 minute drive from the cottage. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Nature
“Eighth tallest Dam in the United States. Dedicated by JFK, you can take a tour here or just walk across it...it’s absolutely beautiful!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Beautiful view of the lake and the Dam. Great visitors center and tours also!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Lake Shasta is an amazing resource for the Redding Area. It's got over 300 miles of shoreline and is a waterspouts paradise. Great for boating, waterskiing / wake boarding / wake surfing, lounging, fishing, picnicking, sightseeing, and features a number of marinas which rent everything from houseboats to personal watercraft. Tremendous recreational resource!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“If you don't mind a long hike and are okay with no a.c. to cool down till you have returned to town or the lake, then this is a great adventure - the Caverns are beautiful. There are over 800 steps to climb, so it's not for those of you who don't want the work and exercise. They might tell you there's a place to cool down and yes there's a little house with benches, but there is NO A.C. Take plenty of liquids, sometimes the vending machines are near empty. (That's our only complaint). The bus ride up the mountain is a bit scary, but a great adventure, and scenery exceptional!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favorites. The Basshole burger is one of the best. Great bar also. For more information on everything at Shasta, visit our comprehensive web site by searching on "shasta lakeshore retreat". Lori & David Shasta Lakeshore Retreat”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Sugarloaf Marina has a boat ramp right next to our two homes that is open as long as the water level is not too low. They charge $10 for a launch unless you have a boat slip with them (highly recommend) which is $25 per night. For more information and details, please see our comprehensive web site by searching on "shasta lakeshore retreat" or look in our 40 page welcome book which is provided after you book your stay with us on Airbnb. Lori & David Shasta Lakeshore Retreat”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“One of the coolest waterfalls that's way off the beaten track. Definitely bring a picnic hike down the 1/4 mile trail and plan a picnic lunch. It's an out of the way 'local' waterfall where you can spend the day swimming and relaxing”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“Fun place. Good ribs. For more information on everything at Shasta, visit our comprehensive web site by searching on "shasta lakeshore retreat". Lori & David Shasta Lakeshore Retreat”
  • 1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“You can enjoy peaceful walks around the lake's waters edge, hike around the property of Bridgebay, rent a houseboat, jet ski, ski boat and so much more to enjoy a day out on the water! Not to mention, Bridgebay has one of the best restaurants in town called The Cookhouse that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You definitely don't want to miss a chance to visit this beautiful resort.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Formerly know as Tale O' the Whale, now The Cook House, you get quality food prepared by a staff whose passion dominates in their cuisine! Only 5 miles south & is total turn key! Menus in both homes!”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“Shasta Lake is one of the largest lakes in the western United States with 365 miles of shoreline when at full pool. Popularly known as "Lake Shasta", it is impounded by Shasta Dam, the ninth tallest dam in the United States. It is the state's largest reservoir and the third-largest body of water after Lake Tahoe and the Salton Sea. Ten miles (16 km) north of the city of Redding, with the town of Lakehead on its northern shore, Shasta Lake is popular for boating, water skiing, camping, house boating and fishing. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“One of our favorites. The Basshole burger is one of the best. Great bar also. For more information on everything at Shasta, visit our comprehensive web site by searching on "shasta lakeshore retreat". Lori & David Shasta Lakeshore Retreat”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Formerly know as Tale O' the Whale, now The Cook House, you get quality food prepared by a staff whose passion dominates in their cuisine! Only 5 miles south & is total turn key! Menus in both homes!”
  • 1 local recommends
Sandwich Place
“Yes, even a Subway For more information on everything at Shasta, visit our comprehensive web site by searching on "shasta lakeshore retreat". Lori & David Shasta Lakeshore Retreat”
  • 1 local recommends
American Restaurant
“The CookHouse has the best view of the lake from the base of the bridge and is the closest to fine dining that you get around the lake.”
  • 1 local recommends

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