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Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center
U.S. Forest Service



If you want to find some great information and friendly people, visit the Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center.

This visitor information center is operated by the U.S. Forest Service and is located just off Interstate Highway 5 (i-5) in the small town of Mountain Gate, California. This is about 8 miles north of Redding, California.


Take the "Mountain Gate/Wonderland Blvd" exit 687 from i-5. After exiting i-5, follow the signs to the info center. The info center is located on the east side of the freeway on Holiday Road.

  • Here's a map showing the general location of the Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center.

  • Here's a Google Map showing the location of the Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center.

    Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center
    U.S. Forest Service
    14225 Holiday Road
    Redding, California 96003
    (530) 275-1589


    Or visit their website...

  • Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center - Forest Service

    You can download much of the center's info in Adobe Acrobat - PDF format


    Here's more U.S. Forest Service information about Shasta Lake...
  • Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area "Shasta Unit"






  • Shasta Lake Chamber of Commerce

    Represents businesses in the City of Shasta Lake and around Shasta Lake.
    List of businesses (members)
    Tourist info and maps are available at this location.

    1525 Median Avenue
    Shasta Lake, California

    (At the community center in Clair Engle Park)

    Google Map

    (530) 275-7497

    website


    The California Welcome Center
    & Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association



    Also visit the California Welcome Center in Anderson, California. It's about 10 miles south of Redding, California on Interstate Highway 5 (i-5). Take the Deschutes Rd. exit. The center is located on the west side of Interstate 5.

    The California Welcome Center and the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association are in the same building and are located at the south end of the factory outlet stores in Anderson, California.

    On your way to this visitor center be very careful to drive slow through the factory outlet stores parking lot. This parking lot is thick with pedestrians and they may step off the sidewalk without looking.

    California Welcome Center
    & Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
    1699 Highway 273
    Anderson, CA 96007

    Interstate 5 (i-5) EXIT #667

    (530) 365-1180 or (800) 474-2782


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    Hours:
    Monday through Friday
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Saturday & Sunday
    10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • California Welcome Center (Anderson, California)
  • Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
  • Shasta Cascade region of California
  • VisitCalifornia.com

  • Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Convention, Tourist & Visitor Information

    Note: This information center has been moved to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in the same general area.

    To reach the Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau from the i-5 freeway take the "44 west" exit and head west about one mile on Highway 44 . You'll see the exit for "Park Marina Drive - Sundial Parkway" (EXIT #1 from Highway 44) just after you cross the Sacramento River. Make a right turn (north) at the end of the off-ramp and follow the signs.

    The visitor center is located at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park on the north side of Highway 44 near the Redding Convention Center. This is in the same general area as the Sundial Bridge.

    Direction info at VisitRedding.com

    Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau
    (Located at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park)
    840 Sundial Bridge Drive
    Redding, CA 96001
    (530) 225-4100 or (800) 874-7562

    VisitRedding.com

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    Shasta Dam Visitor Center


    Shasta Dam Visitor Center viewed from the dam

    Each year visitors come from all over the world to see the "Three Shastas", Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam. Mt. Shasta stands a majestic 14,162 feet and is located about 50 miles north of Shasta Dam.

    Shasta Dam is approximately 10 miles north of Redding, California via Interstate 5. Take the Shasta Dam Blvd. exit (#685) and continue through the City of Shasta Lake for about 4 miles. At the intersection of Shasta Dam Blvd. & Lake Blvd. turn right on Lake Blvd. Follow this road up and over the hill to the lake and dam. Or you can continue on straight through the intersection (after stopping) and take Scenic Route 151 to the Shasta Dam Vista point. After you check out the vista point continue driving on Scenic Route 151 and you will arrive at the dam. The roads basically form a big loop.

    Shasta Dam Visitor Center
    16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard
    Shasta Lake, California 96019
    (530) 275-4463
    (Note: Shasta Dam Boulevard and Highway 151 are the same road.)

    Visitor Center Hours:
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (Open until 6:00 p.m. during summer months)
    7 days a week

    (530) 275-4463

    The red dot on the map above represents the intersection of "Shasta Dam Blvd." & "Lake Blvd." in Shasta Lake, California, U.S.A.

  • Scenic route to Shasta Dam -- From the red dot, go west on Shasta Dam Boulevard (blue line). This section of road passes by the Shasta Dam overlook (vista point) and is also called the Route 151 Scenic Highway. Please be alert for bicyclists in this area.

  • Short route to Shasta Dam -- From the red dot, go north on Lake Boulevard (yellow line).


    Shasta Dam location


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    Scenic route to Shasta Dam - Google Map

    NOTE: Please ignore the part about "Front St."
    on Google Maps written directions.

    Driving directions to Shasta Lake & Shasta Dam (Scenic Route)

  • Take Interstate 5 (i-5) to 7 miles north of Redding, California, USA.

  • Take i-5 Exit #685 "Shasta Dam Blvd / 151".

  • Drive west on Shasta Dam Blvd. (151) for 7 miles to Shasta Dam.

    NOTE: Exit #685 is also the main exit for the City of Shasta Lake. Please ignore the part about "Front St" on Google map's written directions.

    Shasta Dam
    Bureau of Reclamation
    16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard
    Shasta Lake, California 96019
    Lat/Long 40.7140, -122.4176

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    NOTE: Some online map programs may show this address at the old, abandoned Toyon "government camp" with an old warehouse building. This property was used during the construction of Shasta Dam. Keep heading west on Shasta Dam Blvd. and you will arrive at Shasta Dam.



    Shasta Dam on a Google Map

    Shasta Dam Visitor Center
    Lat/Long

    40.7136, -122.4173 (look for the green arrow on this Google map)


    Shasta Dam Vista Point


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    Shasta Dam Vista Point on a Google Map
    The Shasta Dam Vista Point is a paved parking area along the Route 151 Scenic Highway that overlooks Shasta Dam. There are several other unpaved parking areas along Scenic Highway 151 with great views as well.



    Shasta Lake attractions on a Google Map

  • Shasta Dam
    Tour Information
    (free tour)

    Directions to Shasta Dam

    From Interstate 5 (i-5) take the "Shasta Dam Blvd." exit #685 and drive west about 6 miles on Shasta Dam Boulevard (also called "Highway 151").

    Note: Interstate 5 exit #685 is located about 8 miles north of Redding, California.

    Please be alert for bicyclists in this area. Many bicyclists ride along Scenic Route 151 to Shasta Dam.

    Locate Shasta Dam on a Google Map

    On your way to Shasta Dam you can check out the vista point with a great view of Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake and Mount Shasta.

    The vista point is located on Scenic Route 151 (Shasta Dam Blvd.). You may want to bring a camera or camcorder along so you can get a shot of the "3 Shastas".

    After you're done enjoying the view at the Shasta Dam Vista Point, you can head down the hill to the dam. You can take a FREE tour of the dam and check out the great visitor center. The visitor center has a huge lawn and some nice shady picnic areas.



    SHASTA DAM TOUR TIMES
    CURRENT SCHEDULE
    (Updated on September 6, 2016)


    Starting times for the Shasta Dam tours are....

    9:00 a.m.
    11:00 a.m.
    1:00 p.m.
    3:00 p.m.

    7 days a week
    Tour takes one hour
    (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day)

    Please call ahead (530-275-4463) to check on the availability of specific tours. Many schools have reserved some tours.

    IMPORTANT: Plan on being at the Visitor Center at least 30 minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. On busy holidays such as Memorial Day Weekend you should arrive an hour early.

    SHASTA DAM VISITOR & TOUR INFORMATION
    United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
    (530) 275-4463


    More Shasta Dam tour info at USBR.gov



    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    The free Shasta Dam tours are limited to 40 people and are first-come, first-served. Tours leave from the tour elevator at the scheduled tour time. The tour elevator is located in the second tower on the dam (west tower).

    Tours take approximately one hour. Plenty of FREE parking is available at the visitor center.

    Plan on being at the Visitor Center at least 30 minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. (On busy holidays such as Memorial Day Weekend you should arrive an hour early.)

    At the visitor center you will be told about items that you cannot bring on the tour for security reasons. You will also receive a ticket. Tickets are required for the tour. Arriving early will also give you time to walk out to the tour elevator on the dam.

    Absolutely no weapons (including pocket knives), electronics, such as iPods, or bags (including purses and fanny packs) on the tour. None of these items will be allowed on the tour. Cameras and cell phones are allowed as long as they are not in a bag of any kind.

    Tour times are subject to change without notice.

    GROUP TOURS
    Group tours are available for civic organizations, schools, and other organized groups. For information and scheduling please contact 530-275-4463.



    Although motor vehicle traffic across the dam is limited for security reasons, visitors should still watch out for vehicles when out on the dam.

    Please read the additional tour info at USBR.gov



    Shasta Dam Visitor Center
    Even if you don't have time for a tour, you can still visit the Shasta Dam Visitor Center. You can also take a walk across the dam. There are several nice picnic tables at Shasta Dam in a beautiful park-like setting.

    Visitor Center Hours:
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    (Open until 6:00 p.m. during summer months)
    7 days a week

    Shasta Dam Visitor Center
    United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
    (530) 275-4463


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    Shasta Lake
    Heritage & Historical Society

    The society's main focus is on the people of the area. They have well over 5,000 photos on their computer that include the following subjects...
    • People & Shasta Dam
    • Veterans
    • Schools
    • Towns covered by the water of Shasta Lake
    • Buildings
    • Events
    • Outlying areas such as Buckeye, Mtn.Gate, Lakehead, O'Brien, Castella, etc.
    Other services offered by the society include...
    • Two rooms full of memorabilia & showcases
    • Produce a newsletter 3x a year
    • Displaying of framed photos around the city
    • Sells postcards and historical photos
    • Turning slideshows into DVD videos
    • Help coordinate the Shasta Dam Workers Reunion with USBR
    The Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society's office is located in the Shasta Gateway Industrial Park, in the business incubator building.

    Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society
    3400 Shasta Gateway Dr., Ste#H
    Shasta Lake, CA 96019 Google Map
    (530) 275-3995
    Website: shastalakehistorical.org


    Office hours:
    Monday & Wednesday
    9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    or by appointment.

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