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Shasta Caverns
18 miles north of Redding, Ca. Just off I-5

USDA Forest Service
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Lake Shasta Caverns
Lake Shasta Caverns
Box 801
O'brien, CA 96070
(530) 238-2341

 
Amenities:
  • Mens / Womens Restrooms
  • Site Fee
  • Picnic Area
  • Interpretive Trail
   
Description:
A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic, thousands of years in the making. It begins with a colorful catamaran cruise across the lake - a 15 minute sail on Shasta's sky blue waters, surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. By all means bring your camera. Opportunities are unequalled for colorful and unusual photographs you will always highly prize.

Until 1964, Lake Shasta Caverns were seen each year by only a handful of hardy "spelunkers" who inched their way through steep, restricted natural fissurs to view its startling formations. Then a tunnel was constructed to enable visitors to enter the series of connected chambers from a lower level. The caverns remain just as nature made them. Only conveniences such as paved walkways and stairs, guardrails and indirect lighting have been added. The humidity level is 95% and the temperature is a comfortable 58 degrees fahrenheit constantly.

Mulit-colored fluted columns..magnificent stone draperies in symmetrical folds..stalactite and stalagmite formations studded with brilliant crystals..milky white flowstone deposits in miniature waterfalls and other unusual and graceful forms are common place. It is this complete fairyland of nature's creations in the Caverns which has led geologists to compare its beauty favorable to that of any other limestone and marble cave in the nation.

While lore of the Wintu Indian tribe suggests the Caverns have been known since antiquity, the first recorded white explorer was James A. Richardson, a federal fisheries employee. His claim of discovery is still clearly legible on the wall where he wrote it that day - November 3, 1878 with carbide from his miner's lamp.

How to Get There:
From the main highway, Interstate 5, to the Cavern's headquarters chalet is less than 2 miles. Exit at Shasta Caverns Road, about 20 minutes north of Redding.

 

Tips:
Shasta Caverns is a private operation on a combination of private and forest service lands. An admission fee is charged. All tours conducted with complete guide service.

 

Other Important Information:
Summer Schedule: April and May tours depart hourly 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day Park and Gift Shop open at 8:00 a.m. Tours depart every 1/2 hour from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Winter Schedule: October 1 through March 31 Tours depart 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
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