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5 Reasons to Plan a Shasta Lake Getaway in the Fall

5 Reasons to Plan a Shasta Lake Getaway in the Fall

The summer season is certainly all about family vacations, long holiday weekends, and miles of on-the-water fun.

This time is the time of year when most folks can make their escape from the daily grind to enjoy plenty of bustling activity, attractions, and good times on the clear waters of Shasta Lake – all from the comfort of a houseboat.

But have you ever considered an escape to Shasta Lake in the fall?

Though a quieter and less explored season, the fall is an idyllic time to discover this corner of northern California!

From fewer crowds to more foliage, here’s just a taste of what the fall season has to offer on stunning Shasta Lake.

1. Gorgeous Weather

Summer may be steamy and perfect for watery fun, but fall is a great time to visit if you like a more temperate climate.

The daytime temperatures along Shasta Lake can still hover in the 80s and even higher, but the nights are delightfully cooler.

So evenings are ideal for cozying up next to an on-land campfire, or just breaking out the sweaters and blankets, and enjoying a cool evening breeze.

2. More Elbow Room to Roam

Summer is easily Shasta Lake’s busiest season, but as the fall rolls around, the lake becomes a more serene place to be.

Enjoy popular fishing spots, scenic coves, and other nearby attractions all to yourself, without the summertime crowds of speedboats, jet skis, and other maritime traffic.

3. Fishing

Anglers love Shasta Lake in the fall, and for a good reason – it’s one of the best seasons of the year for fishing!

As the waters become slightly cooler in the lake itself, the fish come closer to the surface, which makes it easier to land the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and big trout that the lake is renowned for.

In fact, the fall is when you will find some of the region’s most popular fishing tournaments, like the Shasta Lake Trout Derby, which attracts anglers from all over the area who are on the hunt for big catches, and plenty of generous cash prizes.

4. Foliage

The views from the heart of Shasta Lake are breathtaking regardless of the season. But in the fall, visitors will be treated to stunning glimpses of vibrant yellow, orange, and red hues as the local trees begin their seasonal change.

Plan a day trip hike at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park near Mount Shasta for a truly spellbinding tour of the fall foliage at its best.

5. Value

Houseboat rates are seasonal at Shasta Lake, which means that they tend to be at their peak during the popular summertime months.

So that means they then experience a price drop when the fall or “value” season rolls around.

As such, a Shasta Lake houseboating getaway in the fall is a budget-friendly excursion for anyone who wants to save a little money without sacrificing quality.

Ready to Learn More?

Bridge Bay has a suite of houseboats that can effortlessly accommodate the perfect fall getaway!

Peruse the many styles available at or contact us at

Discover for yourself why Shasta Lake is the perfect place for a delightfully cool and calm autumn retreat.

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