Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake and Mount Shasta


Shasta Dam is a concrete gravity arch dam across the Sacramento River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest of Shasta County, California. The project was completed between 1938 and 1945, 5km north of the Redding, California and Shasta Lake communities.

The structure is a continuous pour concrete projectThe dam is 602 ft (183 m) high and 3,460 ft (1,050 m) long, with a base width or thickness of 543 ft (166 m).The reservoir created behind Shasta Dam is known as Shasta Lake and is a popular recreational boating area.

At 602 feet, Shasta Dam is the second tallest dam in the world (?). Shasta Lake has an of 30,000 acres. Mount Shasta's elevation is 14,162 ft.

2 comments:

Bachelor said...

This postcard picture is beautiful. I would love to have a boat ride on Shasta Lake. What fun!
:) The Bach

Chris Overstreet said...

I think you're right about the question mark; either the card is old or the description is outdated. Shasta isn't even the second tallest dam in the US anymore (though I think a long time ago it was second only to Hoover Dam).