2. Shasta Lake, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Sitting within the Whiskeytown–Shasta–Trinity National Recreation Area, Shasta Lake is California’s largest reservoir. It is a total of 12,000 hectares and sits at an elevation of 325 metres, boasting a stunning backdrop of the 4,267-metre high Mount Shasta. It also has over 585kms of shoreline
Shasta Lake is popular amongst boaters thanks to its numerous inlets, with houseboats, fishing boats and patio boats often being seen cruising around the lake. It is also a popular place for water skiing, stand up paddle boarding and fishing.
There are numerous marinas found along the lake’s shorelines that offer mooring and launching. Some also have rental services for visitors that don’t come with their own boat.