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Shasta Dam, California

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Shasta Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam across the Sacramento River in Northern California in the United States. At 602ft high, it is the eighth-tallest dam in the United States. Located at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, Shasta Dam creates Shasta Lake – the largest reservoir in California – for long-term water storage, flood control, hydroelectricity and protection against the intrusion of saline water. Being the largest reservoir in the state, it can hold about 4.5 million acre feet.Envisioned as early as 1919 as an effort to conserve, control, store, and distribute water to the Central Valley, California's main agricultural region, Shasta was first authorized in the 1930s as a state undertaking. However, bonds did not sell due to the onset of the Great Depression and Shasta was transferred to the federal Bureau of Reclamation as a public works project. Construction started in earnest in 1937 under the supervision of Chief Engineer Frank Crowe. 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.
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  • We went to Shasta dam. There is an interesting visitor center with historic pictures and good views of the dam. They also have hour long tours of the dam. The tours are free. There was also an interes...  more »
  • Super good tour guide. Very funny and engaging. Had a great time It's not too strenuous a walk for anyone  more »
  • My husband and I have been visiting with family in Shasta Lake City and decided to go to the dam and go on the tour. It takes about a hour, but it is SO WORTH IT !! Photo opportunities galore, great g...  more »
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  • This dam is huge and a lovely place to visit. The enormous size of the Dam and the beautiful area around it just leaves you mesmerized. There is plenty of parking and a free tour available.
  • For anyone who resides in California and has never made the stop at this dam or Shasta Lake for that matter, has to!  The drive up to the dam itself is worth the trip and picture taking is not an option here, it's a must.  The views from the dam are breathtaking and to see down the "spillway" from the top is inspiring.   The view of the lake in the background is awesome and in the winter months, the mountains are covered in snow and is another "Kodak Moment."  Other than the summer months, driving up to the dam can get pretty cold and a sweater or even a jacket is advised.   They have a visitor center, which also has the history on the dam with scheduled tours available, although the day we were here, they were closed?  "I can't recall what their explanation was but at the time, I really didn't care because just the walk partway on the dam was enough for us."
  • The dam was quite big, and there was a great view of Mt. Shasta from the top.
  • Fantastic views of the second largest dam in the United States. They offer free tours which is a rarity and you should take advantage of this ! Airfield thanks to Hal who may be the best dam tour guide that exists. A really interesting tour and a piece of US history, I'd visit again just for Hal !
  • If you stand precisely at the start of the dam, where the cross walk is located, and yell towards the other end of the dam - you'll find the echo spot. Probably doesn't work when they're releasing heavily.