Shasta Lake is an amazing destination for outdoor recreation and houseboat rentals—especially when water levels are high.
With 370 miles of shoreline and high water levels, the lake provides plentiful opportunities for exploration and relaxation. There are many outdoor recreational activities to enjoy. From houseboating, camping, fishing, and jet skiing to paddle boarding, kayaking, and more—the lake has something for everyone.
Visitors can also enjoy many different areas, including Mount Shasta, Castle Crags, and Burney Falls—just to name a few.
However, in the last few years, the lake has experienced dryer conditions due to a lack of precipitation. Area businesses are at the mercy of mother nature—with snow runoff and rainfalls in the North State dictating the water levels on the Lake. Fortunately, the rise in water levels this year has brought high hopes for an abundant tourist season.
Winter Storms Contribute to Imminent Refill of Water Levels at Shasta Lake
Thanks in part to a series of warm, wet storms over the winter months, Shasta Dam is once again on the verge of making history, which means Shasta Lake is nearly completely refilled.
As of April 10th, the Lake was at 1048.70 feet elevation above sea level. A full lake is 1067 feet elevation above sea level. Experts expect it to be at capacity by late spring.
This means a huge boost for businesses that rely on its waters for recreation, rentals, and activities.
More Water Means More Shoreline
The refilling of water levels in Shasta Lake is a cause for celebration for the houseboat rental industry. With the lake now at its fullest capacity in years, renters have access to more miles of shoreline, deeper waters, and more activities. This offers new experiences as different parts of the Lake become accessible.
Some businesses, like The Lake Shasta Caverns, are anticipating a surge in visitors. The expectation is that more than 450 people will visit in April. Up to 70,000 visitors are expected by the end of the year.
With the water levels improving, they plan to resume their popular dinner cruises in May, offering guests an even more enjoyable experience.
A Lake of Opportunity
Water levels are an important marker of business activity at Shasta Lake. When water levels are high, demand follows, and things get exciting for business owners, and those who love spending time on the water.
Overall, this season looks to be a welcome relief from the recent dry years.
Shasta Lake in Redding, California is one of the most beautiful and scenic places in the country to go houseboating, kayaking, hiking, fishing, exploring, and more.
If you’d like to explore the refilled lake, we have a houseboat to fit any need. Book your stay with us here at Bridge Bay Marina and Resort. We have all the equipment you need to safely enjoy the water and can even point you to the best spots to go around the lake.