About Shasta Lake, California
Shasta Lake is located in Shasta County, California, and is named after the nearby Shasta Dam and Reservoir. It is situated approximately 10 miles north of the city of Redding. Shasta Lake was incorporated as a city in 1993. The city covers an area of 10.4 square miles. Shasta Lake, as of the 2024 census, has a population of around 10,562 residents. The city experiences a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Shasta Lake’s economy is primarily driven by tourism, outdoor recreation, and the nearby Shasta Dam, which provides hydroelectric power and water storage for the surrounding areas. The Shasta Dam, which forms the Shasta Lake reservoir, is one of the largest concrete arch dams in the United States. Educational exhibits and tours are provided by the Shasta Dam Visitor Center offering visitors insights into the history and construction of the dam. The city is known for its stunning natural surroundings, including the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Cascade Range. Shasta Lake offers numerous recreational activities, including boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. It is a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts, with its expansive lake offering ample opportunities for swimming, water skiing, and jet skiing. Shasta Lake is home to several parks, including Shasta Lake City Park and Clair Engle Park, which offer picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports facilities. The city hosts various events throughout the year, including the Shasta Dam Run, a popular race that takes participants across the dam and surrounding areas. Shasta Lake is a gateway to the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, which spans over 2 million acres and offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. The city is known for its annual fireworks display on July 4th, attracting visitors from neighboring communities.