The friendly and knowledgeable tour guide staff at Shasta Dam invites you to come along on a free guided tour of the dam and power plant. Tours are offered daily.
Tours include an elevator ride down inside the dam, where guides will discuss the history, purpose and construction of this huge project. After the short walk through the dam, the tour heads over to the powerhouse for a chance to view the states largest hydroelectric generating station. Tours take approximately 1 hour, and there is a maximum of 40 people allowed on each tour.
Tours are currently available at 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., daily. Tickets are required, and are available at the visitor center. Tours leave promptly, so we ask all visitors to plan on arriving forty-five minutes prior to tour time to give them plenty enough time to pick up their tickets and be out on the dam for the start of the tour. Plenty of parking is available at the visitor center. Please leave behind the following restricted items: bags of any kind, electronic devices, including music players (iPods, etc.) and weapons of any kind including pocket knives. These items will not be allowed on the tour. Tour times are subject to change without notice. We suggest calling ahead to check on tour availability.
Shasta Dam is approximately 10 miles north of Redding, California via Interstate 5. Take the Shasta Dam Blvd. exit (#685) and continue through the City of Shasta Lake for about 4 miles. At the intersection of Shasta Dam Blvd. & Lake Blvd. turn right on Lake Blvd. Follow this road up and over the hill to the lake and dam. Or you can continue on straight through the intersection (after stopping) and take Scenic Route 151 to the Shasta Dam Vista point. After you check out the vista point continue driving on Scenic Route 151 and you will arrive at the dam. The roads basically form a big loop.
Shasta Dam Visitor Center
16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard
Shasta Lake, California 96019
(Note: Shasta Dam Boulevard and Highway 151 are the same road.)
Visitor Center Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Open until 5:00 p.m. during summer months)
7 days a week
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