Enjoy some of California’s best views of nesting ospreys and bald eagles while at popular Shasta Lake. The 370-mile forested shoreline hosts 60 osprey nests and 18 bald eagle nests-the state’s largest population of these species on a single reservoir.
Whether boating or hiking, begin exploring the lake from Packers Bay. Look near the tops of shoreline or ridgeline trees for the ospreys stick nests. Bald eagles hide their bulky nests within the shady branches of ponderosa pines. Scan the lake to see these acrobatic birds fishing. Don’t confuse them with another common dark bird of prey-the turkey vulture.
Wildlife to Watch: Ospreys visible March through October; peak nesting May and June. See resident eagles fall through spring. Many spring songbirds. Take a drive and see more ospreys and eagles at Jones Valley Inlet; on the way, stop at Pit River Arm to see nesting purple martins.
Watch the lake for double–crested cormorants, western grebes, mallards, and gulls. Follow the Packers Bay trails along the shoreline and among oaks, chaparral, and heavily forested slopes. Look for the mule deer, acorn woodpeckers, ash-throated flycatchers, plain titmice, mountain quail, and wild turkeys in the open chaparral. Myriads of swallows, warblers, and migratory birds, as well as occasional raccoons and river otters, may be spotted along the creeks and shoreline.
Driving Directions: From Redding, take Interstate 5 north 17 miles to the O’Brien exit. Turn left, drive underneath highway, then board on-ramp for Interstate 5 south. Drive 1.5 miles south to Packers Bay exit; turn west. Travel 1.5 miles on Packers Bay Road to boat ramp and trailhead.
For more information call (530) 275-1587.
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