Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Every half hour from 9 AM - 4 PM
- April, May and September
Every hour from 9 AM - 3 PM
- October - March
10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM
20359 Shasta Caverns Road
Lakehead, CA 96051
Toll Free: (800) 795-CAVE
Local: (530) 238-2341
A portion of Lake Shasta Cavern Tour is over property under use permit from the United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Shasta Trinity National Forest.
Welcome to Lake Shasta Caverns
Update for Thanksgiving Weekend 2014
**Please call 1-800-795-2283 for current tour information. Heavy storms and rising lake levels can affect tours** (Updated 12/12/2014)
Visit the West’s newest
NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK!
Your Lake Shasta Caverns adventure begins with a ride across the crystal blue waters of Shasta Lake on a 65 foot catamaran. As you cross the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake, the boat captain will talk about the lake, the geography and some facts about the area. You will soon arrive on the east shore just below the limestone North Gray Rocks.
Continue your tour with a comfortable ride in our custom busses up the hill to the cavern entrance. Along the way you may spot several of the animals that reside on this pristine mountain like the bald eagle, osprey, mountain lion, bobcat, black bear, or black-tailed deer. Manzanita, red bud, oak and pine dot the hillside and you will enjoy stunning vistas of the lake below.
At the cavern entrance your expert guide will explain the history of the caverns, its discovery, and how limestone caverns are formed. Upon entering the carefully preserved underground world of the caverns, you will be surrounded by crystal beauty 250 million years in the making! As you turn each corner, a different surprise awaits you in the form of unique and stunning calcite formations!
DISCOVER THE NATURAL WONDER!
DISCOVER THE NATURAL WONDER VIRTUALLY!
Our own cave dwelling Hydromantes Shastae, or the Spotted Shasta Salamander, was state listed in 1971 as a threatened species. There are many areas in Lake Shasta Caverns that are closed to the public, allowing this species to thrive in secluded areas. This plethodontid salamander becomes active during the night as well as fall, winter and spring rainfall. To date this species is endemic to the Shasta lake region and contain only 12 populations.
Calcite is the mineral that is responsible for formation of the speleothem in our cave. This amazing mineral comes in many forms from translucent to opaque, as well as different colors maybe white or none, though shades of gray, red, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, or even black can occur when the mineral is charged with impurities. Uses for this mineral have ranged from fabrication of optical lenses to toothpaste and antacids!