In shoreline miles, Lake Shasta is by far the largest lake in
California. The surrounding mountains and towering evergreens combine
with clear pure water to make a setting for fun and relaxation.
Lake Shasta is formed by four rivers - the Sacramento, McCloud,
Squaw and Pit making it a perfect houseboat vacation destination. Their inflow, contained by Shasta Dam, created a
many-armed lake with hundreds of coves and byways as the waters
slowly moved up the contours of the surrounding mountains.
Shasta Dam is an engineering marvel. Over 602 feet high, it contains
enough concrete to build a walk three feet wide around the entire
world. Its spillway is three times the height of Niagara Falls and
any one of its five diversion pipes is large enough to drive a Greyhound
Shasta Caverns is another site to tour while on Lake Shasta. Approached
by houseboat or by car and a short ferry ride, the two hour tour begins
with a bus ride along a mountainside 200 feet above the lake. From
that point, one can enter the caverns to view the natural splendor
of the stalactite and stalagmite formations. Tours are conducted
Driving north by car, visits can be made to perpetually snowcapped
Mount Shasta, which rises over 14,000 feet above sea level, and
Castle Crags, a series of ragged granite peaks that rise abruptly
above the surrounding evergreens. Driving southeast of Lake Shasta
into Hat Creek country, you will come upon Burney Falls, a particularly
picturesque waterfall. The adjacent park has a nice picnic area.
A few miles from the falls at the intersection of Highway 89 and
44 lies an interesting relic of past volcanic action known as the
Subway Caves. As the outside lava cooled, new lava forced a pathway
through the old, creating a series of tunnels called lava tubes.
The main tube is approximately 1,300 feet long and may be explored,
but take a good flashlight and a warm jacket as it is very dark
and the temperature is a perpetual 46 degrees.
To the west of the lake, a few miles drive on Highway 299 will
take you to French Gulch, a quaint little town whose single main
street clings to the side of a rugged mountain bordering French
Gulch Creek. In the 19th century the town was a boisterous, bawdy
mining camp and the tailings still piled in the creek give evidence
of its thriving past.
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Bridge Bay Resort and Digger Bay Marina operate under a special use permit on land under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service.