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Shasta Dam, California

Categories: Dams, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • I have visited this twice, free tours daily. - tour is ~1hr+ with some walking - information you get and what you see and experience is gr8 - small kids will not enjoy it much, I would say 5+ should b...  read more »
  • Being the 2nd largest dam in USA it is big. Inside the visitors center they have wonderful pictures of it being built and nice people to explain and visit with. The free tours inside the dam are less ...  read more »
  • My wife and I wanted to take a side trip on our way through Redding, California on the way home and decided to ride to the Shasta Dam. It was about 10 miles from Redding and as we were headed back the...  read more »
  • Beautiful surroundings, and an impressive engineering feat. The grounds are well cared for. A must see while in the Redding area.
  • A must see and definitely on the list for things to see when in the Redding are. Definitely an opportunity for some picturesque views and good fishing. As far as I know the dam also still offers tours which are quite interesting. Another little tid bit of info. If you happen to be near the dam aound sundown you are almost guaranteed to see deer up close and personal as the graze the grass areas near the dam entrance.
  • 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.
  • Define try a must see in redding. Make sure to take the tour since it takes you inside a dam which is really can learn a lot about how electricity is produced!
  • Amazing views, and a great (free!) tour. The security is tight, but the rules were made VERY clear to us when we got our tickets. You can only have a phone and a camera, plus wallet and keys. No bags, purses, video cameras, weapons (down to nail trimmers, like TSA), no blue tooth, etc. However, I understand the efforts to protect places like this. The elevator takes you down about 600 feet to the bottom of the dam, and you get to see the massive turbines that pass the water through to create electricity. We'll worth the time!
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