Shasta Lake, California

The city of Shasta Lake, California, shares it’s name with, you guessed it, a lake! Not just any like, though, but the biggest man made reservoir in California. Originally founded as a housing ground for government workers on the Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake City has a long, and storied past with the great man made body of water. So much so, the county hosts a festival yearly called Damboree days, in celebration of the dam itself, without which there would be no Shasta Lake. The lake itself is home to a variety of water activities in the hot, dry summers, including waterboarding, fishing, jet skiing, and house-boating.

The various hiking trails that surround the lake showoff the incredible natural scenery of the area, and may even present travelers with a view of some of the indeginous wildlife, which include Ringtailed Cats, Blacktailed Deer, and elk. Hopefully not so much the Black Bear, Mountain Lions, and Bobcats who also call the area home. One of Shasta Lake’s most pursued past times, fishing, is made even better by the variety of fish which live within the lake itself. Several different species of Trout, both Large and Small Mouthed Bass, Blue Gill, and various other breeds have been reported in the area by fishermen.

An avid historical society keeps record over the lake, which is on display at the society’s headquarters, and operates the county’s website, which you can visit for more information on the unique city of Shasta Lake, by visiting http://www.shastalake.com.