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“Steep step Caverns! Very cool all year round!!”

Lake Shasta Caverns
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Lakehead
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

I thought this was a national park but it turns out it is privately owned and operated - it is called a National Natural Landmark: anyways it is every bit as beautiful, professionally managed and unique as federally owned national parks. For the price: $26 : you get a short boat ride from the gift shop/parking area across Lake Shasta (3rd largest body of water in California), a short shuttle bus ride up a winding road with breathtaking views of the lake below, and a guided tour that fills you in first on the history of the lake and Dam starting from the lake overview room and then walks you through the Caverns. Bring a light jacket in summer because the cool breeze blowing inside is chilly for t-shirt and shorts wearers even when outside the Caverns the thermometer is measuring triple digits. Since these Caverns exist in a limestone area on the steep sides of the lake, a large part of the exploration involves climbing stairs from a lower level to progressively higher horizontal chambers. Some of the stairways are a little narrow so be aware if you have claustrophobia. And the 275 steps do make the heart beat a little faster. But the climb is easily worth the effort. I saw cave formations here that I didn't see even in Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico or in Texas's Natural Bridge Caverns. The large rooms and passageways are very beautiful. The ornate limestone decorations are one of a kind. You end the tour by walking down the mountainside to the cavern entrance reception area (restrooms are available here) on 275 stairs or so on the outside of the caves in an area of dramatic cliffs reminiscent of the Castle Crags rock formation up near Dunsmuir, CA. Handrails keep you safe as you descend and the lake in the valley below with its bridges, curving shoreline, azure sparkle, rolling hills and wandering boats and jet skis is stunning. Then you have a shuttle ride back down from the cave entrance building to the boat landing and a boat ride back to the visitor center and parking lot. Definitely worth the visit.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

So enjoyed our visit to Lake Shasta Caverns today when our daughter and granddaughter were up for a visit. The kids were thrilled with the boat ride, and thought the bus ride up the hill was pretty exciting. The view of the lake amazed them as well as the other passengers.
Our tour guide, Demi, was friendly and very informative. She explained in easy to understand terms how the caves were formed and why it is so important to not touch any of the beautiful formations. There are a lot of stairs to climb, but there is an exit route if you are not able to complete the tour.
The kids learned something new and are excited to share their experience upon returning to school next week.

Thank Diana G
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a great place to visit on a hot day. The caves are nice and cool and the boat ride is beautiful.

Thank ThisNThat
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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely worth taking the 9 am tour when it's really hot outside to beat the crowds and the heat. As the website says, be prepared for A LOT of stairs. We were done in 1.5 hours. On the way out you can get some really nice pictures of the lake if you are one of the last ones in line so that you don't hold everyone up on the very steep stairs.

Thank JP0010
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

My family loved this experience. First off, to get to the caverns, you take a beautiful boat ride across the lake. Once there, you take a bus up to the caverns. There are beautiful views up at the top. I was worried that I might feel claustrophobic in the caverns, but I didn't at all. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went at a good pace. There are quite a few stairs in the cavern, but they give an option about half way through to keep going on the tour with the stair part or return to the visitor center if you were unable or unwilling to walk the stairs. My 4 year old had no problem with the stairs. She took two brief pauses to rest and was fine. There are also stairs going back down to the visitors center once you leave the caverns. We had to carry my daughter for these because it was outside and hot, and they were pretty steep. We caught the bus and boat back. All together, it took about 2 hours.

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