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Free Outdoor Activities on Shasta Lake

Free Outdoor Activities on Shasta Lake

One aspect of a houseboating vacation that appeals to many budget-conscious travelers is the overall cost to have fun outdoor.

Unlike other bustling vacation hot spots, there are literally miles of activities to be found around every corner. You can explore this 30,000-acre destination with ease via a houseboat.

You’ll enjoy long and leisurely days where the fun in the sun never costs a thing instead of paying for:

  • Dinners out
  • Amusement park tickets
  • Car rides and transportation

So if you love outdoor adventures, and are new to a houseboating getaway on Shasta Lake, what can you expect throughout your explorations?

Start with these top outdoor activities that are all naturally complimentary with every Shasta Lake getaway.

1. Swimming

Shasta Lake is renowned for its clean and refreshing waters, and in the summer months, you can take full advantage of the hundreds of miles of calm lake waters that are ideal for swimming.

To boost the fun, book a houseboat that has a built-in waterslide, like the Grand Sierra Ex, and watch the younger (and perhaps older) members of your crew have a ball splashing around daily.

2. Fishing

Shasta Lake is known for exceptional fishing in all seasons, and your houseboat has all the essentials you’ll need to drop a line, like an icebox, ample deck room, and an outdoor grill to cook up the day’s catch.

Bring along your fishing pole and pick up some cheap bait at the marina store, (or bring some along), and enjoy hours of fun hunting for trout, catfish, crappie, and large and smallmouth bass, depending on the season.

3. Hiking

Because Shasta Lake has nearly 370 miles of shoreline, you’ll be able to find a network of hiking trails virtually anywhere you drop anchor.

Multiple trails are found just a stone’s throw away from the shoreline, like the Waters Gulch Trail and the Dry Creek trail, and you can always reserve a little time before or after your houseboating trip to explore the array of terrain within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest – the largest National Forest in California.

4. Cruising

Bring along your kayaks, paddleboats, or your inner tubes to relax with your feet in the water. Shasta Lake is ideal for inexpensive boating and floating adventures, simply because there’s so much room to explore and continually calm water conditions.

Kayaking is a great way to take mini expeditions that launch from wherever your houseboat lands. Simply relax on your favorite floatation device with a drink in hand and unwind in cool comfort.

5. Sightseeing

Don’t feel like being too active while on vacation? No problem! One of the best aspects of a Shasta Lake adventure is it’s easy to sightsee without ever stepping off the water.

Take a cruise to admire the towering Mount Shasta or the engineering marvel that is Shasta Dam. With the freedom to explore at your own pace, you can enjoy all of Shasta Lake’s attractions.

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Want a vacation that provides miles of fun without breaking the bank? Then head to Shasta Lake.

There’s many reasons why houseboating vacations are becoming the go-to vacation for outdoor lovers with a sense of budget-friendly adventure.

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