SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — For the first time in four years, Lake Shasta is full which is expected to create a busy but fun weekend on the lake for Memorial Day weekend.
Matt Doyle is the general manager of Lake Shasta Caverns and he said, thanks to the brimming lake, they are expecting more than 3,200 visitors to their site alone over the weekend.
“It’s hard to rent a houseboat this weekend but there are so many opportunities from swimming, camping, all that,” Doyle said. “It’s going to be a great amazing weekend.”
Doyle took a ride across the lake with some of the visitors. When he asked where everyone was from people ranged from southern California to China. With all the out-of-town visitors, Doyle said it is great for the local economy.
“It’s amazing for the economy and we haven't seen it in four years,” Doyle said. “So this is kind of a bolster on the economy, the local economy, as well as just people getting out and having fun.”
Doyle said with the high lake water the color of the water is bluer, boat ramps have been moved back, and overall the morale of workers on the lake has increased.
“The biggest thing walking around the marinas was everybody was smiling,” Doyle said. “It was the first time in four years they weren't working in the dust or the mud. It actually coming up to the lake. Now we have this absolutely beautiful lake. So it is tremendous.”