Lake Shasta Caverns

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Location: Between San Francisco and Portland. I5, exit Shasta Cavern's Road, 30km north of Redding, 3,5km to the cave. (40°48'17.54"N, 122°18'12.12"W)
Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day daily 9-16, tours every 30min. Apr-May, Sep daily 9-16, tours every hour. Oct-Mar daily, tours at 10, 12, 14. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: T=14°C.
Guided tours: D=120min (60min cave + 60min boat and bus ride)
Address: Lake Shasta Caverns, PO Box 801, O'Brien, CA 96070, Tel: +1-916-238-2341, toll free +1-800-795-2283
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known to the Wintu Indian tribe.
03-NOV-1878 discovered by James A. Richardson, a federal fisheries employee.
1964 artificial tunnel built and cave opened to the public.


A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns includes a boat ride and a bus ride. The road leads to a marina, where boats await the visitors. A 15 min boat ride takes the visitor to the other side of Lake Shasta. Then there is a short bus ride to the cave entrance high up the mountain side. The surface of Lake Shasta is 325m asl, the cave entrance is 550m asl.

The cave has beautiful formations, beneath stalagtites and stalagmites there are helictites and other rare speleothems.