Head out on the lake and find out why Shasta Lake is so well known for it’s fishing and waterskiing/wakeboarding. After a day on the lake when you return the campground, be sure to have a friendly game (or two) of ping pong and horseshoes. At 8pm during the summertime, a family movie is shown in the picnic area near the camp store.

Shasta Lake provides essential habitat for both warm water and coldwater fishes. Fish species within the lake are varied and abundant. The most common fish known to inhabit the lake are: rainbow trout, brown trout, Chinook salmon, largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, carp, Sacramento sucker, Sacramento squawfish, riffle sculpin, black fish, hardhead minnow, white sturgeon, channel squawfish, threadfin shad, Of course everyone has a favorite " fishing hole". Some popular spots are located where the major rivers and streams empty into the lake, such as McCloud Bridge, on the McCloud, and Riverview (in Lakehead) on the Sacramento Arm.


Shasta Lake has no developed swimming areas or beaches. However, many people swim from the shore near the campground or from boats. During the summer, the water is comfortably warm. Visitors are urged to avoid areas with heavy boat traffic. The pool at the campground is ideal for children & families to cool down from the summer heat.

Water Skiing & Wakeboarding
Warm water temperatures & miles of shoreline to explore draw many avid waterskiers and wakeboarders to Lake Shasta each summer. Lake Shasta is made up of 5 rivers and the Sacramento Arm near the campground is particularly favored by waterskiing enthusiasts. The water is generally calm and ideally suited to the sport. Waterskiing is prohibited in some of the smaller coves and bays and these areas are posted by buoys.