Shasta Dam

The largest reservoir in the state, Shasta Lake can hold about 4,500,000 acre-feet of water. (5,600 GL)

At 602 feet (183 m) high, it is the eighth tallest dam in the United States. Construction started in 1937 During its building, the dam provided thousands of much-needed jobs; it was finished twenty-six months ahead of schedule in 1945. When completed, the dam was the second-tallest in the United States after Hoover and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.

This is how low the lake is – a photo taken this past Wednesday. 
I really never knew that much about our local dam – when I was in the bay area. When we moved up here we took a tour and wow, it is truly amazing. I love the property all around the Dam. 
This was taken downriver of the Dam near some future camping spots we are checking out for next year. 
On the Lakeside, they have picnic benches and huge trees to sit under on a hot day. Many deer come to visit on the lawn areas at dusk – It only takes us about 15 minutes to get up there. When we\’ve had out of towners visit, we take them to the Dam. It\’s a free informative tour.  They have a theater and an Osprey lookout center with cameras. It\’s a great place to go to walk on the bridge of the dam – skateboard etc. It\’s peaceful when you go in the morning and look out to the lake – 
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, other California Tribes, environmental groups, and fishing organizations are opposing the proposal, to raise the Dam 18.5 ft. saying the plan would result in the destruction of imperiled salmon and steelhead populations and the inundation of the remaining sacred cultural sites of the Winnemem Wintu. I am against the proposal to raise the Dam. 
Back and forth – it\’s been debated for so long. In spite of how bad the drought is, it\’s not that unusual. California is always in a drought, especially in the central valley. It\’s HOT and DRY. Sure, some years are worse than others. When we do have a healthy rainy season, the debate stops for a while, and then it starts back immediately after any hint of an incoming drought season. At least part of the water issues has to do with poor water management. 
Meanwhile, the Dam sits there – even in drought and water restrictions holding back a man-man lake that holds tons of water. I believe we have more than enough to get us through the summer. The big question is what will our rainy season look like this year?  (October to March 2022) 

7 thoughts on “Shasta Dam

  1. Anonymous July 18, 2021 / 8:45 pm

    I hope the dam and water issue can be resolved in a peaceful way that benefits everyone.Blessings. xx


  2. Anonymous July 19, 2021 / 5:54 am

    I spent every year from the time I was a toddler until high school camping at Lake Shasta. Usually 2 weeks. We always camped at Hirtz Bay campground. In those days you would leave your boat in the cove with all your skis and other equipment in it and no one every bothered or stole your stuff. I had been on the Dam tour when they take you in the dam. Don't know if that still happens. When we are in the Redding area we usually take a drive up to the dam to wait for the deer to come done. Never gets old for me.


  3. Anonymous July 19, 2021 / 9:34 pm

    This was interesting and made me think of a childhood visit to Warragamba Dam


  4. Anonymous July 19, 2021 / 9:45 pm

    It's one of my favorite places to have a picnic lunch or dinner and wait for the deer. The Dam tour was going strong till Covid hit – don't know if they are doing it yet. It's Federal law there at the Dam.


  5. Anonymous July 19, 2021 / 9:48 pm

    Yeah I would imagine, schools take field trips out to these dams all the time. They are interesting both as a child and to revisit, as an adult.


  6. Anonymous July 20, 2021 / 12:31 am

    The dam looks sad. I hope your rainy season is actually rainy.Love,Janie


  7. Anonymous July 22, 2021 / 9:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, we went to Shasta Lake a few years ago, and looking at the picture now of how low the water is makes me sad. It sometimes worries me how desperately we need water in many of these California areas. I smiled when I was reading about the Wintu Tribe. My Mother-in-law was part Wintu, and she always spoke kindly of it.~Sheri


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