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:
The Sugarloaf county low water ramp officially closed in August.
CLOSED/Moved to deep water in July.
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:
- Bridge Bay (near the big bridge)
- 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!