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A Myriad of Wildlife Species on Shasta Lake

A Myriad of Wildlife Species on Shasta Lake

Sure, going on vacation with family is fun, but what about all the other friends you’ll meet along the way? We’re talking about wildlife species, both big and small!

Use your houseboat as a base. Pack your hiking boots, camera, and binoculars, and explore the many trails. This immense body of shimmering water draws visitors from far and wide. Some tourist attractions include hiking, swimming, fishing, sailing, and water skiing. Others include camping, picnicking and bird spotting.

Delight in a nature lover’s retreat on Shasta Lake. You never know who (or what) you’ll run into there.

Shasta Lake is More than Hopping on and Off a Houseboat

Shasta Lake is a place that many wildlife species call home. Watching wild creatures from afar, or up close and personal is a great way to enjoy your vacation.

However, remember to never, ever feed wild animals. Just like humans, it’s important to respect their personal space, and avoid any unnecessary animal bites.

Watch Out for The Existence of Animals. Here are Six Wildlife Species You Might Encounter:

  1. Keep an Eye out for Deer

Many deer have made the surroundings of the lake their home. They use the water from the lake for drinking water. During the hot summer months, deer love to take a dip to cool off.

  1. Mountain Lions Swim in the Lake

You might encounter a couple of big cats, too. The mountain lion is a shy creature who loves to swim. If should you encounter a mountain lion, however, never throw caution to the wind. This is a rather frightening animal that deserves respect.

  1. Bears are Also a Reality and Live Around the Lake

Like mountain lions, we sometimes spot California black bears around Shasta Lake. They catch fish and love swimming in the lake, too. Bears are shy creatures and prefer to stay away from humans. It is advisable to practice caution if you come across a bear.

  1. Otters are Common Sightings Around the Lake

As with all the wild animals, it is advisable to keep your distance from otters. Otters might seem like a lot of fun, but they are still wild animals. When they feel threatened, they have been known to attack.

  1. Bird Watchers Need to Look Out for Bald Eagles

Shasta Lake is home to prolific bird life. Specifically, the bald eagle.

6. Plenty of Fish in the Lake

Shasta Lake offers perfect conditions for fish to thrive. Fish from the abundance of fish!

These include:

  • Brown trout
  • Largemouth bass
  • Rainbow trout
  • And more!

Whatever outdoor activities you love to take part in, there is something for everyone.

Find Out Everything About this Natural Haven

Teach the kids about the animal kingdom when vacationing in these blue waters. Bring along your fishing gear, walking boots, binoculars, and camera.

A Shasta Lake natural experience is a must. Find out everything you can about the abundant wildlife in and around the lake. Be sure to have your camera at the ready in case you miss a memorable animal encounter.

Book your houseboat at Bridge Bay Resort today and enjoy nature at its finest.

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Shasta Lake Human and Natural History – Northern California Hiking Trails