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Shasta Dam

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Fascinating descent (literally) into the dam, its history, and current operation!

This is a HUGE structure - and you get to do 12 stories down in it, walk thru the thickness of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California

We are more of the outdoors and exploring type...not much on museums, but we really liked this... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2018
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16349 Shasta Dam Blvd, Lake Shasta, CA 96019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a HUGE structure - and you get to do 12 stories down in it, walk thru the thickness of the dam, visit the generating room (powerhouse) as well as the prior diversion tunnel that the river raged thru while the dam was built....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 30 November 2018

We are more of the outdoors and exploring type...not much on museums, but we really liked this. There is also a 20 min video that is actually pretty entertaining and educational. We called ahead and timed things so we could do this and Lake Shasta...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank KRM210
Reviewed 21 November 2018

The area is very park like and we walked across the dam - exhilarating. The Visitor centre is very good and we watched a 20 minute video describing the building of the dam. Worth the twisty, turny drive out to it. Our dog was not...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GuyandBev S
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Shasta Lake is the largest man-made lake & third largest body of water in California, thus making it one of the most popular recreational lakes in the state. I grew up just a mile from this wonderful water playground, it holds a special place in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rmacdougall
Reviewed 20 September 2018

Nice hiking trails nearby, can walk over the Dam, and take one of the free tours. Be aware you can only take cameras, cellphones and a water bottle inside. Any other electronic items and bags etc must be left in your car.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DarrenOHara-UK
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We had a large group (12) and barely got in. Make reservations ahead. The tour is interesting and our guide used humor well while giving details of the area and dam. Be prepared and leave your items in car except for camera or phone. No...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Istop4pics
Reviewed 15 August 2018

At the Shasta Dam you get a birdseye view of Mt. Shasta in all it's glory and Shasta Lake all in one shot. There are a lot of deer that just wander around looking for tasty tidbits to eat and they will eat right out...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank barbara l
Reviewed 16 July 2018

First time here. Huge parking lot for cars, and RV's. The visitor center was well staffed, and had great insights to the history. Well worth visiting.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Reigo
Reviewed 13 July 2018

My wife and I recently took a tour at the Dam and were very pleasantly surprised by what we learned and saw. We loved our very knowledgeable guide (he was amazing) and the staff at check-in couldn't have been nicer. Seriously, the parking and tour...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Russ_Sharon
Reviewed 4 July 2018

I stopped at the Dam to walk my dog on our drive from the Bay Area UK to bend. The people in the visitors center were very friendly and helpful. The Lake was beautiful with snow capped peaks behind. The woman suggested we hike the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank pedalrapidly
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25 July 2018|
Response from rmacdougall | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately no, at least not easily. There’s not a close or convenient place to dock a houseboat where you can then walk to the visitors center. I suppose if you wanted to hike a few miles, you could possibly tie to the... More
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Response from Steven W | Reviewed this property |
From the visitor center all the way to the opposite end of the dam is about 3/4 mile each way. It's level, with a sidewalk the full distance. We walked from the visitor center to the middle of the dam and back, which is... More