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Popular amenities for Shasta Lake vacation rentals

Stay near Shasta Lake's top sights

Oasis Fun Center22 locals recommend
Old Mill Eatery & Smokehouse8 locals recommend
Joe's Giant Orange Restaurant3 locals recommend
Farmers Sentry Supermarket6 locals recommend
Pizza Factory6 locals recommend
Heritage Roasting Company41 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Shasta Lake

  • Total rentals

    30 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $50 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    2.3K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    10 properties are a good fit for families

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    10 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Wifi availability

    30 properties include access to wifi

Your guide to Shasta Lake

All About Shasta Lake

Pine-covered hills surround the blue-green waters of Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in the state. Just outside of Redding in Northern California, Shasta Lake is surrounded on all sides by protected forests, making this a great base for exploring the region. The lake is perfect for kayaking and boating, and anglers can try their hand at catching largemouth and smallmouth bass and catfish. Shasta Lake is in close proximity to several national parks, but the closest is Shasta Trinity National Forest. Here you’ll find hiking trails for trekkers of all skill levels, along with mountain bike paths and opportunities for rock climbing. If you wish to enjoy the pristine forest from the comfort of your car, there are a number of scenic drives you can take through the park.

Since there are very few roads nearby, you can escape the crowds in the secluded trails and hidden coves that surround the lake on even the busiest of days. In town, you’ll find a main boulevard with a handful of mom-and-pop restaurants, grocery stores, and family-owned shops, and if you want to learn more about the area, you can visit the Shasta Lake Heritage Museum.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Shasta Lake

Thanks to the moderate, albeit somewhat unpredictable, weather of Northern California, Shasta Lake is a great destination to visit during all seasons. During the warm summer days, you will find the lake full of people enjoying the sunshine, bringing an energetic vibe to the area.

During the fall and spring, things are much quieter, but this is a lovely time to book a cabin in Shasta Lake as the spring flowers and autumn leaves fill the surrounding forests with bursts of color. In the winter, the lake gets very quiet, but visitors flock to nearby Mount Shasta downhill and cross-country skiing. Winter also offers the perfect opportunity to visit the Shasta Lake Caverns without the crowds, as the network of caves remains the same temperature all year round. Around the holiday season, Redding hosts a Winterfest Spectacular with light displays, handmade goods for sale, and live music. Whenever you go, make sure to pack lots of layers as the weather can be changeable.

Top things to do in Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake Reservoir

Formed after the construction of the Shasta Dam, this reservoir, the largest in California, features nearly 370 miles of beautiful coastline. Thanks to its serene, crystal-clear waters, it has become a popular recreation spot, surrounded by rolling green hills covered with dense forest. During the summer, the lake is dotted with houseboats, sailboats, and swimmers.

Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark

Lying around 900 feet above Shasta Lake in the McCloud Limestone Mountain Range, this stunning 250 million-year-old cavern complex is considered one of the most beautiful limestone caves in the world. The caverns are reached via a scenic boat ride across Shasta Lake where you will hop on a short bus ride through pristine forests to the cave entrance. Inside, you’ll find a cave dripping with stalactites and featuring close to 40 otherworldly rock formations.

Shasta Dam

A feat of modern engineering, this 428-foot-tall arch-gravity dam — one of the largest in the US — stretches across the Sacramento River, where it meets Shasta Lake. An impressive sight to see, the dam helps form the Shasta Lake Reservoir while producing hydroelectric power. The dam is open for three-hour-long guided tours where you have the chance to ride an elevator down to the base of the dam and check out the powerhouse and inner workings.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Shasta Lake?

    Shasta Lake experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Summer temperatures often reach 95°F (35°C), ideal for water activities. In winter, temperatures drop to around 37°F (3°C), providing opportunities for winter hiking.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Shasta Lake?

    Visitors to Shasta Lake commonly enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming. Hiking and biking trails around the lake give opportunities to explore the area's natural beauty. Wildlife watching is also popular, with the chance to spot bald eagles and black bears.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Shasta Lake?

    The summer months of June to August are the most popular for visiting Shasta Lake, when the weather is perfect for water activities. The annual Shasta District Fair and the Redding Fire Festival are local events often enjoyed by visitors during this period.

  • What are the best places to stay in Shasta Lake?

    Popular areas to stay in Shasta Lake include the city center for its proximity to amenities, Antlers and Sugarloaf for their stunning lake views, and Mountain Gate for its peaceful serenity and proximity to hiking trails.

  • What are the best places to visit in Shasta Lake?

    Popular places to visit in Shasta Lake include the Shasta Dam, where you can learn about its history, and Lake Shasta Caverns, which offer guided tours. The surrounding Shasta-Trinity National Forest is also frequently explored for its abundant nature trails.

  • What are some hiking trails in Shasta Lake?

    Shasta Lake has several hiking trails worth exploring. The Bailey Cove Trail and the Fish Loop Trail are both popular for their lake views, while the Waters Gulch Trail takes you through beautiful forest scenery.

  • What are some family activities to do in Shasta Lake?

    Families can enjoy a range of activities in Shasta Lake, from exploring Lake Shasta Caverns to picnicking in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Boat rentals are also popular for family outings on the lake.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Shasta Lake?

    Popular day trips from Shasta Lake include visiting the city of Redding, exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park, or taking a drive along the scenic Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Shasta Lake?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Shasta Lake. Choose from more than 10 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Shasta Lake?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 vacation rentals in Shasta Lake featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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