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JR34
07-17-2007, 01:56 PM
Heading down from Portland this week. How low is the lake? Any ramps closed? Haven't been in a long time and first time with own boat so any trouble areas or great areas to go are also appreciated.

shurgot
07-17-2007, 01:59 PM
According to the Shasta site the lake down 67 feet. Most ramps are good until 75-to-95 feet drawdown.

I am heading up there for a week this Saturday, staying at Hirz bay.

dougl
07-17-2007, 02:45 PM
Just got back from a week on Shasta Sunday. The Lake is LOW, but it's big enough not to matter. We spent most of the time on the Pit River arm and the water was awesome, but be careful back in the coves there are a lot of submerged trees that are just below or now above the water, we had a couple boats hit submerged trees at slow speeds. We were told the lake is dropping 6-10" every 12 hours. We had to drop the houseboat at least once a day. The weather was great, mid 90's in the day and chilly in the evenings (too cold for a few to sleep outside on the roof). Even got rain one day. The only ramp I saw was at Silverthorn, it was really shallow and rocky. Best gas price is at Holiday Harbor.

JR34
07-18-2007, 01:44 PM
Anyone else been this year with any advise on good areas or ramp conditions?

Thanks

beatle78
07-18-2007, 02:14 PM
WOW

What is causing the lake to lose over 1' a day?

dougl
07-18-2007, 02:23 PM
WOW

What is causing the lake to lose over 1' a day?

Dry winter. They're letting the water out for use down river.

Sodar
07-18-2007, 02:27 PM
We have always put in at Holiday Harbor and have never had a problem. We have been going for the last 12 years and have seen it pretty low!

dougl
07-18-2007, 03:00 PM
The 1st is the Pitt arm last wed, so it's at least another 5-6 feet down.

the second picture (with the 5mph sign) is over by Holiday Harbor

beatle78
07-18-2007, 03:41 PM
WOW, that lake is over 10' down..... what is down river that they need the water????

So how much more water is there to drain? How deep is the lake now?

JR34
07-18-2007, 03:51 PM
WOW, that lake is over 10' down..... what is down river that they need the water????

So how much more water is there to drain? How deep is the lake now?

Full lake is 1067 and yesterday level was 999.

Beatle what lake you use in RI? We used to boat on Johnson's Pond just curious if thats where you go.....lots of great memories there.

dougl
07-18-2007, 03:54 PM
It's a BIG lake 365 miles of shoreline, some parts of the lake are over 500 feet deep. There is a hydro plant at the damn, as well as a lot of farm land that uses the sacramento river for irrigation. The sacramento river also feeds into the Delta (brackish water) and I "think" they need a certain level of flow to keep the right temp and salinity (not completely sure if this is accurate)

beatle78
07-18-2007, 04:31 PM
We're north of there in Smithfield on Slack's Reservoir.

Did you live in RI or did you just visit?

beatle78
07-18-2007, 04:34 PM
ohhhh, WOW big lake.....

my lake is 160 acres ~1 mile lond maybe 1/2 mile wide is some areas

JR34
07-18-2007, 04:54 PM
We're north of there in Smithfield on Slack's Reservoir.

Did you live in RI or did you just visit?

Lived in Coventry for 3 years in early 80's when my dad was in the Army. Don't think we ever hit Slack but I could be wrong.

MYMC
07-18-2007, 06:28 PM
Maeghan and all of team Hyperlite are there now

beatle78
07-18-2007, 09:47 PM
probably not, b/c there is no public ramp on Slack's.

MYMC, are they at Shasta or Johnson's pond?

Doug G
07-20-2007, 11:21 PM
Pink sighting for WFT:

http://www.hyperlite.com/node/239

kpickett
07-21-2007, 09:32 AM
I live on Shasta - it's a really low year. The last two years the lake filled to the top, but this year it never really got up to more than 30' down from the top. They're dropping it more than a foot a day. It's partly for irrigation, but it's also to keep a good, cold supply of water for the salmon running up the Sacramento river. They have to keep the Sac at around 56 degrees, and when it's as hot as it is, that takes a heavy water flow.

It's still a big lake, and there are a lot of great areas to boat. If you have a depth finder, you should use it. Stick to the main channels until you really know where you're going. I saw a Nautique completely rip off their running gear on a tree - no rudder, prop, strut, or shaft left. I saw another MC rip a big gash into the bottom of the boat. Those were on the Pit arm, which is where the best skiing water is, but that's also where the most dangerous trees are.

dougl
07-22-2007, 01:01 PM
I live on Shasta...

So whats the deal with the Pitt and all the trees? I recall hearing that they left all the trees in the Pitt when the lake was created as an experiment to see how long it would take for them to decompose, expecting it to take 5-7 years. 60 years later there's still lots of trees.

kpickett
07-22-2007, 06:50 PM
So whats the deal with the Pitt and all the trees? I recall hearing that they left all the trees in the Pitt when the lake was created as an experiment to see how long it would take for them to decompose, expecting it to take 5-7 years. 60 years later there's still lots of trees.

My best understanding is that they left them there for the fishermen - more snags for fish habitat. They don't decompose quickly.

During our big fire in '04, it was so hot that the trees just ignited.

KnoxX2
07-22-2007, 07:25 PM
kpickett where do you live on shasta. I lived in Redding for 4 years and never saw a house on shasta. I love that lake we went there every weekend.

I remember the fire and I think I have some pics

KnoxX2
07-22-2007, 07:32 PM
Here is a good one.

The ones from the fire are on the other computer

kpickett
07-22-2007, 09:43 PM
Our place is out near the Pit arm. I love the lake, too. Here's a picture of our course in our cove. You won't see water levels like this, this year.