The first sight of Shasta Lake in the summer is awe-inspiring — the expansive sky-blue water encircled by tall green trees and majestic Mt. Shasta in the background. Renting a boat is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Shasta Lake. The extensive shoreline allows almost endless exploration of inlets, beaches, coves and other out-of-the-way places only accessible by boat.
There are seven public boat ramps around the lake where you can launch your own boats or, if you don’t have a boat, rent one from one of the many marinas and resorts around the lake. Rentals include kayaks, canoes, rowboats, paddleboats, fishing boats, ski boats, patio boats, and houseboats. There’s a $10 fee to launch your own boat, or you can get a season pass for around $100, but make sure to check water levels and closures.
If you have a big group, one of the most popular ways to enjoy Shasta is on a houseboat. With plenty of room for the whole family, you can eat, sleep, swim, fish and explore the lake all from the comfort of your floating hotel! Select a houseboat that best suits your needs based on the size of your vacation party and length of your stay. The newest houseboats offer a range of amenities, like full-size appliances, central heating and air conditioning, fireplaces, satellite TV and DVD players, as well as modern sound systems, grills — even hot tubs!