The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers

at Shasta Lake
May 7, 2009

USA map showing location of Shasta LakeCalifornia map showing location of Shasta Lake
The two RV Gypsies visited the largest reservoir in the state of California and the tallest center overflow dam in the world.
see Karen in the side mirror as she takes the photograph
sign - City of Shasta Lake
sign - fishermans Point Picnic Area
people fishing at Shasta Lake
Lee Duquette enjoying the view of Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake contains 4.5 million acres of water when full, making it the largest reservoir in California. With 365 miles of shoreline and 30,000 surface acres, Shasta Lake is a prime destination for water recreation and camping. Water stored in the reservoir is primarily from rainfall. The regions heavy winter rains fill the lake close to capacity each spring, providing the water necessary to meet commitments of the busy summer months. As water is released during the summer, the lake level will lower 60-80 feet, leaving ample room for flood control during the approaching winter months.
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake

Shasta Lake is fed by the Sacramento, Pit, and McCloud Rivers, with additional water coming from Squaw Creek. This drainage area receives about 60 inches of annual precipitation, which in pre-dam years was a major contributor to frequent flooding in the valley below. With the construction of Shasta Dam the river flows have been regulated and abundant water storage is now possible. Stored water is used to supply agricultural districts; helping to assure a major supply of fresh food for the country. Additional water supplies are used to meet municipal and industrial needs, salinity control for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, and environmental habit maintenance. Water released to the river is sent through Shasta Power plant, which produces hydroelectric power for the 15-state western power grid.

Shasta Lake

The white behind the mountain is snow-capped Mount Shasta. Several photos of Mount Shasta can be viewed from the sub-menu below.

Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake as seen from the bridge
Below: The two RV Gypsies looking at Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta from the bridge. The white on the mountain in the background of this photo is snow on Mt. Shasta.
Karen Duquette looking at Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta from the bridge
Lee Duquette looking at Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta from the bridge
Shasta Lake has the distinction of being known as the "Houseboat Capitol of the World."
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California photos are in 28 separate sections found below. Some sections may have more than one page so that the photos will upload faster. You may visit these sections in any order you choose. Each section will have this menu so that visitors do not have to keep returning here in order to continue the California adventures. There is also a link to Oregon at the very bottom of the California menu.

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Kaweah Park Resort and a bobcat

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