SHASTA LAKE LEVEL UPDATE

PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS IN BLUE BELOW:

October 15, 2021 UPDATE

The lake as of today is 182′ below the top.

WALK TO LAKE (or River):
200-300 yards currently from all 4 homes.  Actually now just a slow moving river (not a lake) now near homes.

SWIMMING AT LAKE NEAR HOMES:
Although you can swim in what is now a river below the homes, we do not recommend it as the silt and mud might make it not attractive.  As always do not leave children alone and make sure they are wearing a life vest.

FLOATING ISLAND AND BOAT BOUYS:
Due to lake level we removed them.  We will bring back next year.

VIEW FROM HOMES:
The view from the homes is very different currently.  Most of the view is a dry lake bed with a river running through rather than a lake at this part of the lake.   Retreat 3 and Retreat 4 have the best view.   Still great views of the mountains and the wildlife like deer.

LOCAL BOAT RAMP:
CLOSED.
The Sugarloaf county low water ramp officially closed in August.

SUGARLOAF MARINA:
CLOSED/Moved to deep water in July.

ANTLERS MARINA:
CLOSED, moved their last boats slips out of the area on August 21st.

GENERAL LAKE CONDITION NEAR HOMES:
The Sugarloaf area is more like a slow moving river now than a lake.

USE OF THE LARGER LAKE:
Plenty of water in main channels for great family boating fun.  Lake is still very large, but access to it is more challenging based on the above information.

Shasta is a big lake, and although it would be nice to be full and have boat ramp and marina access close to our homes, we believe you still can have a great time (like we do at any lake level), if you are OK with driving to launch your boat or driving to another marina.

OPEN BOAT RAMPS/MARINAS:
With the local ramps closed, you will have to launch your boat at one these other boat ramps:

  1. Bridge Bay (near the big bridge)
  2. Centimudi
  3. Jones Valley

All three of these are open until 200′ to 220’+ so we should be OK for this fall.  Call them to verify.  We have heard mixed inputs on their conditions.  Have heard some/all are gravel/dirt rather than concrete and you should be OK if you have a 4WD.  The drive to Bridge Bay is an easy drive of about 15 miles and a 18 minute drive.  The drive to the other two is longer.

At 200′ down (likely not until November) the lake is still very large but I would recommend keeping you boat in the deeper parts that include by the Dam, the main McCloud Arm and the main Sacramento arm.   This will still take you at speed (25MPH) ~30 minutes to get from one end to another.  At this level, this lake is still larger than many California lake when they are full.

Holiday Harbor is another good choice as far as marinas but does not have a boat ramp that is still open.

ATVs & 4WD & EXPLORING:
The lower lake levels open up old treasures covered by water since the 1940’s.  This includes old bridges, tunnels and much more.  Great for exploring on foot, ATV or 4WD.  The current water level is the 2nd lowest in history.  Great fun on ATVs!

LOWER LODGING RATES FOR OCTOBER:
With the lower lake levels near our homes we have significantly discounted the homes for the month of October.  Come enjoy Shasta!

COMING WEEKS/MONTHS?

Oct 3, 2021 UPDATE Continued:
Although we can only provide information based on what we hear and see, we try to be as transparent as possible to help our guests plan and make decisions and avoid surprises.

HOW THIS MIGHT IMPACT YOU:

In summary, how might this impact your stay:

  1. The distance to the water from our homes is much greater (hundreds of yards).  It is now more like a slow moving river.  Swimming is no longer attractive from the shore at our homes as the silt and mud makes it challenging.
  2. The views from our homes, are more of the dry lake bed with a slow moving river below.  Best view at Retreat 3 and 4.
  3. The local boat ramp and marinas with supplies and gas are closed.
  4. Bridge Bay is your best choice for launching and storing a boat in a slip.  It is about a 15-18 min drive.
  5. There is no doubt we are in a drought, but expect the Local and National News Agencies to make it look much worse than it is…
  6. The main lake still has lots of water in it but it is going to be more challenging to get there and not the ideal lakefront location we have enjoyed most of the time.
  7. Current rates reflect our off season prices, not the normal prices for the fall.

NOTE:  For what it is worth, our family enjoys the lake when it is full and when it is 200′ down but everyone is different and we understand that.  All we can do is try to communicate the best we can.

NOTE:  WE CAN NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE INFORMATION WE PROVIDE.  PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.

Recommend you also read about forest fires in Northern California.  Link below.

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2022 LAKE LEVEL?

There is no way to know what 2022 will be like.  Clearly we need lots of rain.  If we have a drought year, the lake will likely be lower than this year.  If we have a decent rain year, the lake can fill up very fast.  In 2015 when we bought the first home the lake level was lower than the current level (some of the very low photos) and it filled to the top in 2016.  Also in 1978 when it was the lowest level ever, it filled to the top the next year.  In any case, if you are staying with us, you can always cancel for any reason for full refund if 60 days or more prior to your stay.

SHASTA IS A RESERVOIR

Shasta has filled close to the top 4 of the 6 past years.   Shasta Lake is not only the largest lake in California, it is also the main reservoir for much of the rich crops in the central valley of the state.  As with other reservoirs, the lake level will vary through the year.  Normally the lake is at its lowest level in November or December before the rains and then increases to its highest level normally by Memorial Day each year after which it slowly drops through the summer/fall/early winter.  Although all four homes are rare lakefront, the distance from the house might go from a stone’s toss to several hundred yards or more.  In severe drought conditions the result can be a empty lake bed with only the Sacramento river running through it.  Fortunately, unlike many homes on inlets of Shasta Lakes, we almost always have some water and water views in front of us even at its lowest levels.

One good wet season can fill up the lake even when it is very low.  We take pride in being very transparent and communicating current and potential conditions as best we can.

Lake Level at 170 feet or more from top (Current Level)

At 170′ down or greater, the area near our homes is a dry lake bed with the Sacramento river running through it.  At 170′ feet it can be challenging to get close to the river as the mud and silt is pretty bad.  At 180′ down or greater the edges of the river start to dry out and allow you to walk to its edge in most places (As is the case now October 15th, 2021).  This is a great opportunity to explore and look for buried treasures on feet or on your ATVs.  If you have an ATV…bring it!  There are old tunnels, bridges, roads and much more.  See our low lake treasures section of our web page.  Although the view is very different than a full lake, our guests continue to visit and have a great time.  The first set of photos below is the area near our homes.  The later photos are in the deeper main part of the lake which still offers great water sports and family enjoyment.

LOW LAKE TREASURES

Lake at 140' to 170' down from Top

At 140′ below the top, the lake level starts to impact the marinas and the boat ramp near our homes.  Although they may stay open to 150′ or more, please plan on driving to other ramps and marinas when the lake gets to this level.  Bay Bridge Marina and Boat Ramp for example is easy to get to but you will have about a 18 minute drive.  See marina section of web site for more information.  The main part of the lake is much deeper and there is lots of water for your enjoyment.   No issues at all, still bigger than most lakes in California when full.  The photos below are of the area near our homes and the later ones are out in the main lake.

Lake at 100' to 140' down

At 100 feet below the top, Antlers and Sugarloaf Marinas are normally open and in full seasonal operation as well as the Sugarloaf county low water boat ramp.  Please note when the lake is full, Antlers marina is 3 miles up the lake but at this water level, they move their marina to the Sugarloaf area providing you two marinas close by and within sight of all the homes.  The walk/drive is longer but still all in view.  The first set of photos below are of the Sugarloaf area at this depth range and the later photos are of the lake in the main channel.

LOWER LAKE at 50 to 100' down

At 60′ to 100′ below the top, the Sugarloaf County Boat ramp is open and the Sugarloaf marina is normally in full operation (Summer Only).  At about 80′ down, Antlers also moves their marina to this area giving you two marinas near the homes.  Views of the lake change and the distance to the marinas and boat ramps are greater than when the lake is full.  The photos below are a combination of local and main lake conditions.

Full to 60' Down

When the lake is within this range (considered pretty full or full), the Sugarloaf marina is a short walk from the homes and the boat ramp at the marina is open.  5 of the last 6 seasons were in this range with 4 of those years full to the top.  Decent winters can fill Shasta Lake quickly.  Please see photos below.

MORE LOW LAKE PHOTOS

June 2019 FULL LAKE

MAP OF AREA AT DIFFERENT LAKE LEVELS

Full, 60', 120' and 180' Down

PAST PHOTOS

Low (5 years ago in drought, similar now Aug 2021)
& High Water (Past 2016,17,18,19)

MORE LOW LAKE PHOTOS