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Shasta Lake: Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer!

Shasta Lake: Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer!

When the summer is in full swing, California residents and visitors search for a way to beat the heat by heading to the water.

And as the state’s largest manufactured lake or reservoir, Shasta Lake is a fine destination to cool off and enjoy an escape from the rising temperatures.

Once you’ve booked your houseboat vacation, you’ll find that there are miles of room to roam, and ample ways to get your feet wet in several water sports and activities.

Need a little help beating the summertime heat? Then consider adding these activities to your upcoming vacation itinerary to make the most out of your Shasta Lake getaway.


While there are no developed or designated swimming areas in the heart of the expansive Shasta Lake, just about any spot can serve as a swimming hole.

Launch from the deck of your boat, from a stretch of the shoreline, or plan to take a cruise up the Sacramento River arm of the lake. This arm is one of the busier and more developed portions of Shasta Lake.

In this region, you’ll find an old resort site, called Riverview, which is located near the end of the arm. You’ll also find one of the lake’s few sandy beaches, which is a perfect spot for both swimming and sunbathing.

Jet Skiing and Water Skiing

Want a little more excitement on your on-the-water adventures? Then give a new watersport a try! Waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet skiing are all popular activities on Shasta Lake.

They are especially popular in the bustling Sacramento Arm region of the lake, as well as in the Jones Valley area.

Mariners will want to generally avoid the Pit River region of the lake for exploring. This area is the longest arm of the lake tends to have submerged debris, including several dead trees.

Don’t have watersports equipment handy? No problem at all! Bridge Bay Marina at Shasta Lake offers wave runners for rent, as well as other smaller and speedy watercraft that will make it easy to enjoy a thrilling ride.

Ask us about other boat rentals we offer on an hourly, daily, or even weekly basis, and add an extra dose of excitement to your vacation.


Fishing can be prevalent on Shasta Lake, as the area is known for its photo-worthy catches of:

  • Bass
  • Bluegills
  • Salmon
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Sturgeon

To cool off a little more while casting a line, try dropping anchor and enjoying a little fly fishing in the calm and temperate waters.

The Pit Arm area of Shasta Lake is a well-known spot for fly fishing, although you’ll want to use caution and not venture too far as the area can be hazardous for vessels.

A smaller fishing boat can accommodate five guests and is an excellent way to explore more of the lake this summer. Go discover the area’s numerous and secretive fishing holes!

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At Shasta Lake, the good times revolve around the water! So it’s easy to see why vacationers come to this northern California spot when the temperatures heat up.

Bring your bathing suits, fishing poles, and sense of adventure, and cool off this summer while having a ball in the heart of Shasta Lake. Call us today!

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