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Visit Redding, California
ID: 202858, Address: 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd, Shasta Lake, CA 96019
Phone: (530) 275-4463
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Shasta Dam is a curved gravity dam across the Sacramento River at Lake Shasta. The dam generates hydroelectric power and at 602 feet high, is the eighth-tallest dam in the United States and forms the largest reservoir in California. Shasta Dam served an important role in World War II providing electricity to California factories, and still plays a vital part in the management of state water resources today. However, it has brought about major changes to the environment and ecology of the Sacramento River, and met with controversy over its significant destruction of Native American tribal lands. Reclamation holds guided tours of the Shasta Dam year round, each taking two to three hours. The tours comprise a 428-foot elevator ride to the base of the dam, and visits to the dam's inner galleries and the powerhouse among other areas. Shasta Lake has a surface of 30,310 acres at full pool and is surrounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Many public and private marinas, campgrounds, RV parks, resorts and boat launches border the reservoir, one of the most popular recreational lakes in California. Water-skiing, swimming and fishing are among the numerous activities available at the lake; hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and hunting are popular in the mountainous vicinity surrounding it.

Driving Time: 20 minutes from most Redding-area lodging properties
How Much Time To Spend: Tour takes one hour, and it takes 15 minutes to walk to/from the start of the tour. Plan on being at least 30 minutes early--an hour on busy holidays. Also allow about 30 minutes to view the dis

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