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Swim, fish, boat or paddle at pristine and inviting lakes close to Redding, California

REDDING, Calif. – May XX, 2017 – The perfect recovery from a gloomy winter is a bright summer in Redding, the sunniest city in California.

Get ready for an unforgettable, fun-filled vacation spent on the water in this Northern California city, centrally located to crystal clear and inviting lakes, and a variety of recreation for all ages.

Paddle across the calm waters of a tree-lined horizon of unspoiled beauty at Whiskeytown Lake, grab your waterski, wakeboard or fishing rod at Shasta Lake or enjoy the breathtaking views at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park in the Shasta Cascade. All three areas are just a short drive from your Redding hotel.

“Redding is the best launching point for any variation of unique summer adventures,” said T.J. Holmes, communications coordinator at the Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our lakes and rivers are nationally recognized for kayaking and fishing, and ideal for swimming, standup paddleboarding or boating.”

Whiskeytown Lake
Only eight miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts. Always full, Whiskeytown Lake’s placid surface is excellent for swimming, scuba diving, sailing and fishing. Ranger-led kayak tours are popular, and paddleboard yoga can be found on the water most weekends. Whiskeytown’s beaches beckon families and groups, and open-water swimmers often take to the water for training.

Shasta Lake
As the largest manmade reservoir in California, Shasta Lake offers more than 360 miles of shoreline dotted with marinas and restaurants for the idyllic vacation spot. It’s best known for its boating opportunities as all manors of boats are available, from rowboats to powerboats to pontoons. Swimming, fishing and boating, especially with skiing and wakeboard, are most popular.

Manzanita Lake
Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park is as picturesque as they come. Kayaking, fishing or hiking highlight this mountainous gem. Cast your rod from the shore with the kids, or enjoy fly-fishing from a float-tube. Manzanita Lake is famous for its large rainbow and brown trout for sportfishing. No matter what activity calls to you, be sure to keep your eyes open because of the birds, deer, and amazing mountain views.

Butte Lake
Butte Lake is located in the northeast section of Lassen Volcanic National Park and is considered another fishing hot spot. Enjoy a hike up Cinder Cone or the Fantastic Lava Beds, take a dip in Bathtub Lake or paddle along Butte Lake’s lava rock shores.

Summit Lake
Summit Lake is another lake located in the Lassen Volcanic National Park, just east of Redding. It’s an ideal hub for hiking and backpacking enthusiasts. Visitors also enjoy swimming, fishing, boating or skiing on Summit Lake. There are also many fun events including the upcoming Youth Fishing Derby which takes place on June 3.


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About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento, and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300-plus days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging, and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking,” according to TIME. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44 and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco.


About Shasta Cascade
Covering an area roughly the size of Ireland, the Shasta Cascade region is the perfect place to get back to nature, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Comprised of eight rural counties historically known for being part of the pioneer gold rush in the mid-1800s, this majestic region of Northern California is abundantly scattered with lakes, rivers, mountains, historic mining towns, and includes Lassen Volcanic National Park, two national monuments, six national forests and seven California state parks offering unforgettable fun and adventure. This area offers boundless outdoor recreation with magnificent landscapes and breathtaking vistas: from towering volcanoes, alpine ranges, and glaciers, to waterfalls, lush forests, pristine lakes, and roaring rivers; this travel destination is one of a kind. Shasta Cascade is easy to get to by auto, air, or Amtrak and offers an off-the-beaten-path experience where people discover the abundance of nature in one of the few unspoiled areas remaining in California.


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Susan Hartzler                                                                        

Mental Marketing                                                                 


T.J. Holmes

Visit Redding


Lisa May 

Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association 


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