Shasta Dam – Redding, California

Shasta Dam - Redding, California.jpgShasta Dam – Redding, California
Shasta Dam was built above Redding, California on the Sacrament River between 1938 and 1945. It is ranked as one of the great civil engineering feats of the world. The dam is 602 feet high and 3,260 ft. long with a base thickness of 543 ft. With the dam in place the reservoir known as Shasta Lake was created.
Shasta Lake offers a wide range of water activities for people to enjoy.
A tour of the Shasta Dam is available for free. Tours are offered daily. Tours include an elevator ride down inside the dam, where guides will discuss the history, purpose and construction of this huge project. After a short walk through the dam, the tour heads over to the powerhouse for a chance to view the states largest hydroelectric generating station.
The tours take approximately 1 hour, and there is a maximum of 40 people allowed per tour. Tours begin at 9 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:15 PM and 3:30 PM. Tours leave promptly so be there a few minutes early.
There is adequate parking at the visitor center. Please know that you will not be allowed to take restricted items with you on the tour such as electronic devices of any kind (including cell phones and cameras), bags of any type, weapons of any kind (including pocket knives).
Phone: 530-275-4463
Location: From Interstate 5 take the Shasta Dam Blvd, exit 685, and drive west about 6 miles on Shasta Dam Blvd. NOTE: Interstate 5 exit 685 is located about 8 miles north of Redding, California.
Visitor Center Hours: 8 – 4:30 and 5 in the summer months, 7 days a week. 530-275-4463.

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