Shasta Lake offers several scenic trails for nature buffs who like
to walk on the wild side. A trail guide is available at the U.S. Forest Service
Information Center off I-5 south of the lake.
The one-mile Samwel Cave Nature Trail features signs telling of the Wintu Indians and
their legends about the cave. A two-mile trek beginning at Hirz Bay details how the Wintu
use native plants. Other trails offer spectacular views and places to fish and swim.
|Shasta Lake is home to a wide variety of
wildlife, including black-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk, great blue herons, raccoons,
black bears and ospreys. The lake also supports the largest number of bald eagles in
Bird lovers will find plenty to see beyond the Shasta Lake
area, as well. Shasta County is home to 274 species of birds, most of which can be spotted
on public lands. A Wintu Audubon Society pamphlet detailing the most commonly sighted
birds, the best time for viewing, and preferred habitat, is available at the Redding
Convention & Visitors Bureau.