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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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  • Living in Northern California for most of my life and never thought to visit. Finally did and this is amazing. Free guided tour and a great engineering marvel. Discovered my grandfather helped in the ...  more »
  • Shasta Dam is enormous and beautifully landscaped. However the location is what makes it breathtaking. On a rainy day brooding clouds hang from the rocky craggs of the hills around the river. You can ...  more »
  • Shasta dam is the second largest dam in the states, and the tour is free, however limited to 40 persons. You will learn interesting things about the history of the project. Absolutely worth the visit. 
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  • 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 !
  • Beautiful surroundings, and an impressive engineering feat. The grounds are well cared for. A must see while in the Redding area.
  • I used to love this place but ever since it was closed after the world Trade Center attacks it's not fun anymore, they need to Open it back up then I can give it four stars. Not recommended.
  • Define try a must see in redding. Make sure to take the tour since it takes you inside a dam which is really awesome..you can learn a lot about how electricity is produced!
  • Great spot to hang out. Nice visitor center with bathrooms and water fountains. Mountain bike trails all around this area. Lots of free parking and no day use fee. Free tour is interesting if you have time. Drive across the dam and bring your car or rv right up to the shore of the lake. Make sure your insurance and registration is current because it is federal land and they check it.