As we discussed in our previous blogs, there’s plenty of good news for nature lovers and lake enthusiasts this year. The recent rise in water levels at Shasta Lake means many landmarks are now more easily accessible.
With the higher water levels, people can now enjoy activities such as our houseboats, swimming, fishing, SUP, and other activities in previously inaccessible areas of the lake.
One of those areas is Little Backbone Creek, a natural waterpark across from Digger Bay on Shasta Lake.
Take the Plunge! Exploring Little Backbone Creek
The Little Backbone Creek natural waterslide on Shasta Lake is quickly becoming a go-to destination for North California adventurers looking to experience the ultimate natural waterpark.
Visitors can enjoy a thrilling ride down the smooth waterfall while taking in the breathtaking views of the area. From families to thrill seekers, this waterslide has something for everyone.
You can also jump into the water below and use the ropes to get back to the top again. Repeat until overloaded with fun and adrenaline!
The natural waterslide can be accessed by hiking, but the best way to reach this destination is by boat. Just navigate your way into the inlet and go all the way to the back until you see the creek and anchor here.
You’ll need to hike up the creek, which is in a canyon. When you arrive, you’ll be met with stunning views of crystal-clear ponds and massive boulders. The entire hike should take you about 20 minutes before you get to the main area with the natural waterslide.
We’ve compiled some helpful “dos” and “don’ts” to help you and your family have the best possible visit.
- Bring a camera to capture photographs of the action and scenery. Taking photos is a great way to capture the beauty of a place and create lasting memories. Whether you’ve been here before or you’re a first-time visitor, having a quality camera – or at least a decent smartphone – is essential.
- Wear darker bottoms or swimming trunks if planning on getting in the water. When going for a swim in mineral-rich waters like the ones at Little Backbone Creek, it’s important to be mindful of your clothing choice. Opting for darker colors is the best way to avoid red stains on your clothing. The minerals in the water can cause discoloration of lighter shades.
- Exercise caution when hiking along the rocks. It’s important for individuals to stay aware of their surroundings and watch out for slippery surfaces. It’s also essential to exercise caution when navigating through areas that are prone to changes in water level. This is because the conditions can become hazardous very quickly.
- Rent a houseboat to get the most out of your visit! With a houseboat, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the lake. You can also explore the waters from a deeper perspective. Enjoy the stunning views of the lake from your own private space and spend quality time with your loved ones.
- Don’t leave without sliding down the waterfall! (If you are physically able, of course. Otherwise, it’s also fun to watch others slide down the falls). Sliding down the falls is a highlight of the creek and one of its unique features. It’s also super fun!
- Don’t forget to collect your trash or garbage! We all have the responsibility to protect our environment. By bringing an extra bag or two when you visit the creek, you can do your part to keep it clean and safe for wildlife and fellow visitors. This helps protect the environment. It will also save you time and energy later because you won’t have to worry about disposing of your rubbish responsibly. Be a good steward of your environment and help keep the creek in pristine condition for generations to come.
We invite you to stay tuned to our blog in the coming weeks as we share these newly accessible areas. You won’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore the beauty of Lake Shasta!
See the Sights, Stay the Night
Bridge Bay Marina is located near many natural wonders around Shasta Lake. Whether you like to go outdoors solo, with loved ones, friends, or even furry family members, there is something for everyone.