Shasta Lake Area


photo looking at Shasta dam with Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta in the background

** Due to fluctuating water levels on Shasta Lake, visitors are encouraged to contact the Shasta Recreation Company (concessionaire to the Forest Service) @ 530-275-8113 or the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Shasta Lake Ranger Station at (530) 275-1587 for possible temporary campground closures. **

The Shasta Unit is one of three units that comprise the Whiskeytown - Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. It was established by Congress in 1965. These areas were recognized for their unique and varied recreation potential. 

Shasta Lake forms the core of the Shasta Unit and offers recreationist a variety of outdoor activities including: boating, water-skiing, swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting, and mountain biking.

The Shasta Lake Unit and the Shasta Lake Boating Safety maps are available at no charge through this website and in our offices.

For information on purchasing the Shasta-Trinity National Forest map as well as many other National Forest maps, please browse to the Maps & Publications page.

Interpretive programs are offered at the Antlers Amphitheater during the summer months and are free to the public.  For locations and times, please contact the Shasta Recreation Company (concessionaire to the Forest Service) @ 530-275-8113.

Bailey Cove trailhead near the Bailey Cove Day Use area photo looking at Shasta dam with Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta in the background Shoreline access on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake at the Dekkas Rock Day Use Area Shaded picnic area with parking and tables View of the Lower Loop at Ellery Creek Campground.  Several vehicles and tents.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Please stay safe while near the lake.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: May - September
Closest Towns: Redding, Shasta Lake, Lakehead
Restroom: Vault/Flush
Passes: Interagency Passes accepted
Operated By: USDA - Forest Service
Information Center: Shasta Lake Ranger Station
14225 Holiday Road
Redding, Ca  96003
(530) 275-1587
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (Closed Federal Holidays)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Interpretive Site
Camping trailer
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Boat ramp
Drinking water