The current lake level is 140′ feet down. This is 35 feet higher than last year at this time. As outlined below, the lake is not dropping as fast in 2022 and will end up about 40′ higher than last year. Conditions are much better than 2021.
Oct 1, 2022 UPDATE
Lake has Dropped
Only 17 Feet in 4 Months
- BOAT RAMP OPEN (NEAR HOMES)
- NO LAKE SPEED RESTRICTIONS NEAR HOMES
The DAM has been only letting out 25% of the normal flow this summer. This made a BIG difference in the lake level for the Summer and Fall. As a result, it will not drop as low as it did last year. Estimates are that it will stay about 40 feet above last year’s low. This 40′ increase will also help 2023 as we hope for a full lake. Although the lake last year was great still out in the main channels, the lake level impacts some of the access especially up some of the fingers of the lake.
If you look at the chart above, you will see that the blue (2022) line is still going up and you will see the green (2021) line started going down in early April. Based on information provided by the Dam, we projected the water levels for the summer and ended up being very accurate.
If you are familiar with Shasta Lake, you know that at these levels, it may look low when you are up one of the fingers but in general, when you are in the larger main parts of the lake your boating experience is impacted very little. There is still more water than you will need or want for a week long stay. At 120′ down, the lake has still 200 miles of shoreline and is larger than most lakes in California when they are full. Even at 200′ feet down, there are boat ramps, open marinas and boat rentals. The low in 2022 is expected to be around 145-150′ in the fall.
Lake is Down 140'
Don Pedro, Lake Berryessa, and New Melones are all 30% to 50% smaller when they are FULL (they are not full!)
Take 90 minutes at Speed to go from one end of the lake to the other at current conditions. This is a big lake!!
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SUGARLOAF & LAKEHEAD
LOCAL BOAT RAMP:
OPEN! OPEN! OPEN!
THE BOAT RAMP HAS BEEN OPEN ALL SUMMER.
The Sugarloaf county boat ramp is OPEN. The curtesy dock is in place to help. The first photo above was taken May 1, 2022 and the second on October 1, 2022. The lake lake dropped onlly about 17 feet between the two. This is one of the better ramps at Shasta with a Double wide, all asphalt and 2 wheel drive no issues. It is unclear if the it will remain open all year or not. Lake level actually went up a little this past week.
VIEW FROM HOMES:
The view from the homes is different currently from when it is full. It is now a mixture of lake and dry lake bed. Retreat 3 and Retreat 4 have the best view but Retreat 1, 2, and 5 can all see the lake. Be careful as most homes that claim to be lakefront, are not at 140′ down. Many of them, you can not see any water. In our case, the view is more limited, but still there and still great views of the mountains and the wildlife like deer also. These homes are still very popular even with the low lake level as they offer so much. We continue to get 5 star reviews and guests looks forward to coming back as we try to be very transparent about the lake level on our web site, emails, welcome document, rental agreement and other materials.
WALK TO LAKE:
200- 300 yards currently from the 5 homes on the lake (R1-R5).
SWIMMING AT LAKE NEAR HOMES:
At the current lake level, you can swim in the lake below our R1-R5 homes. 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. At 140′ down the beach starts to be more silt and not as enjoyable for swimming. Water temperatures on September 15th was 82-85 degrees but now is about 75 degrees in October.
We had the floating island in place until August 13th when the Forest Service required us to remove it. We will try again next year.
Although its been open all Summer near our homes, we believe they closed it today October 1, 2022 for the season with plans to reopen in the Spring. Call them for more information at 530-238-2553.
Currently CLOSED for the season. Normally opens Memorial Day Weekend and stays open to Labor Day. We expect to see it back in the Spring.
USE OF LAKE
OTHER OPEN MARINAS:
The following are full service marinas with gas, rental boats, store, etc.
- Shasta Marina at Packers Bay (Closest)
- Bridge Bay (near the big bridge)
- Holiday Harbor
- Jones Valley
- Antlers at Centimundi
Since there will not be gas on the lake near Sugarloaf, you will need to fill up in Lakehead on a trailer or travel to Shasta Marina or Bridge Bay. These will likely be in the area you will spend most of the day anyway for water sports.
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. Great fun on ATVs! See the “Lake Treasures” section of web site. Please note that many of these things are now covered as the lake has come up somewhat.
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. It is very hard to predict what the lake level will be in 2023. Normally the lake is the highest in late May and then starts to drop throughout the Summer and Fall. We do know the lake will have a 40′ advantage this year over last as it will be that much higher at the low point.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- Since we tend to book up early especially for the summer, consider booking as soon as possible for next year and keep an eye on this section of our web site as we will update it as we have new information. Most of our bookings for 2023 will take place between June 2022 and February 2023.
- You can always cancel for full refund up to 60 days before independent of what Airbnb or VRBO may say. We will approve a full refund outside of 60 days.
- Feel free to reach out at any time.
- 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.
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.
Above photos above were taken in the large part of the Sacramento Arm of the lake on June 20 at 121' down.
SUGARLOAF & LAKEHEAD AREA (NEAR OUR HOMES)
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 last year when in mid August the marinas moved out of the area. This is expected again later this Summer (Sept?). Fortunately, 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.
Lake at 100' to 140' down (October 1, 2022: 140' feet from the top)
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.
LOWER LAKE at 50 to 100' down (NOT CURRENT LEVEL)
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 (NOT CURRENT LEVEL)
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.
Lake at 140' to 170' down from Top (NOT CURRENT LEVEL)
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 CURRENT LEVEL)
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.
June 2019 FULL LAKE