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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 for long-term water storage, flood control, hydroelectricity and protection against the intrusion of saline water. The largest reservoir in the state, Shasta Lake can hold about.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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  • The Shasta dam located north of Redding and is easy to reach by car but also by bicycle. The dam and Lake are idyllic in fairly pristine, wooded nature. After a security check, you can walk over the dam or cycling. Is spectacular from here from the view of the snow-covered, 4322 m high Mount Shasta. Also visit the nearby visitor center with information possibilities here is very interesting. The staff of the visitor center was exceptionally friendly and helpful and gave us good advice and tips.
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  • We visited the Shasta Dam and found it to be an awesome experience. We learned many facts about the building of the dam. We were shown a 30 minute video that told about the history of the dam, why it ...  more »
  • One of the bigger dams, very impressive. Great views of the Sacramento River from dam and surroundings. Interesting drive from Redding to Dam. See attached photos.  more »
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  • Love this place neat and clean great photo opportunities and great views of the mountains. And there is deer that walk through the park area.
  • 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.
  • My only complaint about Shasta Dam is the fact that they will not put the bike ramp back at the far end of the road. I have inquired about it numerous times and am always told they are doing some kind of maintenance on the road which means the crane is always doing back and forth so the ramp cannot be put back. I don't understand why we can't ride our bikes in between the barriers instead of having to hike our bikes onto and back down a very high curb. It makes no sense at all.
  • 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."
  • Don't miss it. Very educational. Had very knowledgeable host

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