SHASTA LAKE LEVEL UPDATE

PLEASE READ ALL SECTIONS IN BLUE BELOW:

July 21, 2021 UPDATE
(Current Status):  

The lake as of today is 138′ below the top and we recently finished 10 wonderful days on the lake with family and friends a couple weeks ago.

As of today the county boat low water boat ramp near our home is still open but Sugarloaf Marina closed/moved their facility yesterday.  Antler’s Marina, also in sight of our homes still has boat slips available but they do not have boats for rent as they have moved them out of the area.  After you park your car or truck you will have to walk down a steep trail that is not recommended for the elderly.

The only place close by to board without a slope is at the boat ramp where there is currently a small dock.  Golf carts and ATVs are ideal if you have them.  It will make your travel back and forth to the marina more enjoyable with the lower water levels.

At this lake level, the walk to the water from all 3 of our homes is definitely longer (hundreds of yards), the view from the homes is different (please see the many photos on this page and the additional low level water page), and you need to proceed to the larger part of the lake via boat for watersports (about 7 min boat ride currently).

Shasta is a big lake, and although it would be nice to be full and access is likely to get more challenging in the coming weeks/months, we believe you will still have a great time (like we do at any lake level) and there will be plenty of water in the main channels.

Currently there is a no wake/5MPH zone north of Sugarloaf Marina and our homes.  South of us you can go a at speed but it is a “No-Ski” zone (as of July 10th when we were there last).  It took us 7 minutes at 25 MPH to get past the Gooseneck and enter the area where you can tow boarders, tube, etc.  The water is currently ~30-65′ deep and the channel is about 200 to 400 yards wide in front of our house through the gooseneck with plenty of room for safe travel.  We recommend you proceed to the very wide large Sacramento Channel where the water is ~100-200’+ deep and much wider.  This will take you another 7 mins approximately.

Important:  Please see the section below on impact to boat ramps and marina in the coming days and weeks.

COMING WEEKS/MONTHS?

July 21 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.

BOAT RAMPS:

The low Sugarloaf county boat ramp (1/3 mile from us) closes at about 140-160′ down from the top according to information we have found.   The latest information we have is that they will move the dock around August 1st.  As we understand it, you may still use the ramp after that for some time (not sure how long but I would assume by August 7th it is not usable.  Please be very careful as their are unmarked items in the water including the large anchors from the marina which moved.

Note we do not control this decision so please research if you would like to confirm.

Based on the past 20 days, it has dropped on average 7.5″ per day.  If his rate remains the same (no way for us to know), it will be at 140′ down on July 23 and 160′ down on August 24th.  Again, we think you should plan on the first week of August.

When the ramp closes, 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.   If you assume the same drop rate this would be an additional 99 days from today (end of October) to get to 200′ feet down.   The drive to Bridge Bay is an easy drive of about 15 miles and a 18 minute drive.  The drive to other other two is longer.

At 200′ down (likely not until late October/November) the lake is still very large but I would recommend staying 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.

SUGARLOAF MARINA:

Closed.

ANTLERS MARINA:

Boat slips remain available.  To reserve a slip call 530-238-2553.  Once you arrive you will need to go to their office at the Antlers campground about 3 miles away then you can come back to Sugarloaf area where the Antler’s slips are to use them.  They did not have a close date but said they will try to leave open as long as they can into August.  Please note they no longer have rental boats available at this location, only slips.

HOW THIS MIGHT IMPACT YOU:

In summary, how might this impact your stay:

  1. While the Sugarloaf boat ramp is currently open (July 21th), the distance to the ramp and the marina is longer.  The last part of the trail to the marina is steep.
  2. The distance to the water from our homes is much greater (hundreds of yards).  At some point this season, it will start to look like a river rather than a lake behind our homes.  Our wild guess is September or October.
  3. The no-ski zone south of our homes for a several miles, will turn into a 5 MPH area later this month when the Sheriff believes there is risk to safety (we do not have a date).  As of July 10, it was just a no-ski zone.
  4. You should be able to head south from our homes to get to the bigger and deeper part of the lake (until the Sugarloaf ramp closes).  There is plenty of water…no issue once you get to large deeper part of the lake.
  5.  The Sugarloaf county boat ramp (1/3 mile from us will be open until about August 1.  This is just an estimate as we do not control.
  6. When the Sugarloaf ramp closes, you will have to go to one of the other ramps listed above.  18 min drive to Bridge Bay.
  7. Antlers Marina will keep their slips as long as they can into August.
  8. 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…

NOTE:  For what it is worth, our family enjoys the lake when it is full and when it is 200′ down (we were here having a great time a few weeks ago) but everyone is different.  All we can do is try to communicate the best we can.  We have in place the 60 day full refund for any reason policy to help provide some flexibility.

NOTE:  WE CAN NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR THE INFORMATION WE PROVIDE.  PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.  LAKE LEVEL WITHIN 60 DAYS IS NOT A VALID CANCELLATION.  SEE CANCELATION POLICY.

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FULL LAKE (NOT CURRENT LEVEL, See BELOW for LOW LAKE LEVEL PHOTOS)

LOWER LAKE

Please see the other section on this page for the current situation.  For the Summer of 2021 we definitely are in a low water level situation and the following photos better represent the current situation.  Some of these photos are with the lake 50′ down, others 100′ down and some at 150′ down.  At the bottom is a button to navigate to more low water level photos.

MORE LOW LAKE PHOTOS

SHASTA IS A RESERVOIR

Shasta has filled to close to the top 4 of the 5 pst 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 three homes are rare lakefront, the distance from the house might go from a stone’s toss to several hundred yards or more.  Fortunately, unlike many homes on inlets of Shasta Lakes, we always have water and water views in front of us even at its lowest levels after four years of drought in 2015.

One good wet season can fill up the lake as it did in 2016.   Let’s hope it does it again this year.

June 2019 FULL LAKE

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.

PAST PHOTOS

Low (5 years ago in drought)
& High Water (Past 4 of 5 Years)

MORE LOW LAKE PHOTOS