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Shasta Lake Level:

GOING TO THE TOP!!

6 Feet to Go!

As of April 19, 2024, the lake level is now only 6 feet down and on its way back up to full.  This is 15 feet higher than this date last year when we also had a full lake.  Going to be a great Year Again!

These are amazing levels and also set us up for another great year in 2025.  Even a mild rest of winter would fill the lake but more rain is expected.

FULL LAKE!

FULL LAKE PHOTOS BELOW

GREAT SUMMER!

Repeat in 2024! Full lake!

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SUGARLOAF & LAKEHEAD
LOCAL CONDITIONS

As of April 19, 2024

The Shasta Lake Level impacts the availability of boat ramps

LOCAL BOAT RAMPS:
Antler’s Ramp:  OPEN $16
Best option for Spring 2024

Sugarloaf Marina Boat Ramp: CLOSED $20
Marina is now closed for the season including the boat ramp.  They plan to open May 1, 2024.  They currently have a chain across the road.

Sugarloaf County Boat Ramp:  CLOSED (Lake is too high, Under water).  There is a road but no slope for launch when lake is this full.

Salt Creek Boat Ramp:  Unknown but likely open. (Closest for Retreat 8)
We don’t know the cost or restrictions.

VIEW FROM HOMES:
Awesome in 2023 and 2024!  Full Lake!  The views from the homes are  great this year with full lake again.  Retreat 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, and 11 are all lakefront and Retreat 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, & 15 are lakeview.  Retreat 6 and 12 have a partial lakeview through the trees.  R14 has a beautiful view of their grounds and the mountains.  Fortunately, the Lake is very full!  Currently we have awesome views of the lake.  Be careful as many other vacation homes in the area claim to be lakefront, but you can not be able to see any water depending on lake level.   Please scroll down to see hundreds of photos at current full lake level and other levels.

WALK TO LAKE: 
30 to 50 feet currently from the 5 lakefront homes.  Extra 50-150 yards for Retreat 5, 7, and 9.  About 150 yards for Retreat 15, 300 yards for Retreat 6 and 400 yards for Retreat 12.  These distances will decrease as the water level continues to rise through April & May.  Lake is down 8 feet from the top currently (April 9, 2024).

SWIMMING AT LAKE NEAR HOMES:
You can swim in the lake below R1-R5, R10, and at the end of the street for R9.  There is a trail from all of these homes but use at your own risk.   As always do not leave children alone and make sure they are wearing a life vest anywhere near the water even if they are not going in.  R7 is a short walk across the street to the lake but there is no trail/way to water without walking ~100 yards toward the market on Lakeshore or about 100 yards down the county Sugarloaf boat ramp road across the street.  R6 walk is a 300 yards to lake swimming.  R11 is Lake and Riverfront with excellent wide path to water.  R12 is about 400 yards, R13 about 150 yards.  R14 is 1/2 mile to lake.

FLOATING ISLAND:
We will bring it back in May 2024.  Kayaks available year around at several homes.

TRIALS:
Many of the trails we created for the Daisy Lane Homes (R1-5, 9, 10) may once again be under water in May due to the full lake.   We will try to repair as the lake drops but you might find the last part before the water not yet repaired.  There are trails to the water and to the marina.  The trail to the marina passes by Retreat 1 and 2.  More work to follow.  Use at own risk and be carful with children and elderly.  Always wear good shoes as rocks are sharp and watch for snakes.

SUGARLOAF MARINA:

They said they will reopen May 1, 2024.  Call Lisa at 530-238-8200 for more information

They have said they plan to stay open until September 30, 2024.  Walking distance from R1-R7, R9, R10, R12, R14.  Been told slips are available but only on the lake side of the dock.

ANTLERS MARINA:

OPEN!
They are open and located up at their campground and cabins.   They have different types of boats for rent and their slips might be less in price (but not next to homes).

Call them for more information at 530-238-2553.

NOTE:  These Marinas are separate businesses and we have no influence or formal relationship with them.  We can’t be held responsible for their actions, lack of availability and access.

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Reserve SUMMER 2024 Now

The Shasta Lake Level was AWESOME in 2023 and is once again in 2024.

Normally the lake is the highest in late May /Early June and then starts to drop throughout the Summer and Fall.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Since we tend to book up early especially for the summer, consider booking as soon as possible for Summer 2024 & 2025 and keep an eye on this section of our web site as we will update it as we have new information.  Most of the homes are already pretty booked up for June through August 2024.  If Shasta is in your plans for 2024, please do not wait.
  2. Our website requires a 30% payment at time of reservation followed by the balance of 70% 60 days before arrival.  If you use VRBO or Airbnb it will be 50%/50%.  Please note, if 30% is not comfortable, we are willing to work with you on a smaller first payment if your reservation is far out in time.
  3. You can always cancel for full refund* up to 60 days before.  We will approve a full refund outside of 60 days.  * Other than the 3% credit card fee which we do not get back.
  4. Feel free to reach out at any time.  925-200-6934 or ShastaRetreats@gmail.com
  5. We will update this every two weeks or sooner.

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

USE OF LAKE

Always plenty of water in the lake for great family boating fun and fishing every year. Even at the record low in 1977 there was still plenty of water during the summer for water sports, but access to the lake by our homes becomes limited at 160 feet down.

OTHER OPEN MARINAS:
The following are full service marinas with gas, rental boats, store, etc.

  1. Shasta Marina at Packers Bay (Closest)
  2. Bridge Bay (near the big bridge)
  3. Holiday Harbor
  4. Silverthorne
  5. Jones Valley
  6. Antlers at Centimundi
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2023 was a FULL Lake and 2024 will be also.

Full to 50' Down

When the Shasta Lake level is within this range (considered pretty full or full), the seasonal Sugarloaf marina is a short walk from all but one home and the seasonal boat ramp at the marina is open.  Experts expect the lake to be 100% full in 2024 like it was in 2023.  This will make the rest of the summer great in 2023 and will set up 2024 for another full year.

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 the lake might look low in some of the fingers, the main parts of the lake still have plenty of water for a great week on the lake even at 200′ feet down.

One good wet season can fill up the lake even when it is very low.

IMPORTANT:  Please read the Blue Section before this section as it will provide you the current information.

Although four of homes are rare lakefront, the distance from each home might go from a stone’s toss to several hundred yards or more.  In severe drought conditions the result can be an empty lake bed below our homes with only the Sacramento river running through it.  In the past 7 years since we purchased Retreat 1 this happened only one time.  This was 2021 when in mid August the marinas moved out of the area and the boat ramp closed later in August.  This did not happen in 2022 and 2023 had a full lake as expected in 2024. Fortunately, even when it is low, unlike many homes on inlets of Shasta Lake, 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.

Above photos above were taken in the large part of the Sacramento Arm of the lake on June 20, 2022 at 121' down.

SUGARLOAF & LAKEHEAD AREA (NEAR OUR HOMES)

LOWER LAKE at 50 to 100' down (50' Down Expected Oct/Nov 2024)

At 50′ 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.

Lake at 100' to 140' down (Not expected in 2023 or 2024)

When the Shasta Lake Level is at 100 feet below the top, Antlers and Sugarloaf Marinas are normally open and in full seasonal operation below our homes 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 normally move their marina to the Sugarloaf area providing you two marinas close by and within sight of five of 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.  Please note that these photos range from 100 to 140 feet down so they can look very different as 40′ fills in a lot.

Latest Update:  Please see other section (to the left if desktop, above if mobile) about the marinas and boat ramps.

Lake at 140' to 170' down from Top (NOT EXPECTED IN 2023 or 2024)

When the Shasta Lake Level is 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 Level at 170 feet or more from top (NOT EXPECTED IN 2023 or 2024)

When the Shasta Lake Level is at 170′ down or greater, the area near our homes is a dry lake bed with the Sacramento river running through it.  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.  Since it is the bottom of the lake, there is silt near the river.  Gray dry silt is ok to drive and walk on but if the silt is black, do not proceed as you will get stuck.  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.   At this level there is no marina or boat ramps close to the home.  This has happened only once since we bought Retreat one 7 years ago.  This was in the Fall of 2021.  This is expect again in 2022 later in the Summer/Fall.

LOW LAKE TREASURES

June 2019 FULL LAKE

DAISY LANE AREA (R1-R5, R9, R10)

Sugarloaf Area (R1-R7, R12, R13, R14)

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PAST PHOTOS

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