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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Length, One-Way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Time: 10 Minutes

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Route 151 provides a grand entrance to California's grandest man-made reservoir
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Route 151 provides a grand entrance to California's grandest man-made reservoir
Description - Route 151--Shasta Dam Boulevard curves along the slope of a ridge, providing views of the Sacramento River, Shasta Lake and distant hills. The "Three Shastas" include the gigantic Shasta Dam, the vivid blue waters of Shasta and, in the distance, the snow-capped peak of Mt. Shasta. The dam, with the highest overflow spillway in the world, forms Shasta Lake-the largest reservoir in the state, with 30,000 surface acres and 370 miles of shoreline.

Attractions - Scenic Route 151 provides access to Shasta Lake, a multi-armed area, which attracts enormous crowds to its striking landscape. Recreation opportunities at both private and public facilities are abundant. From modern marinas and campgrounds to primitive tent sites and four-wheel exploration, you are invited to discover California's largest reservoir.
One of the lake's most popular attractions is the fact that it provides excellent year-round fishing, whether from a boat or from shore. The lake is home to 16 varieties of fish, including sturgeon. Trout species include rainbow, German brown, kamaloops, and kokanee salmon. Bass species include largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. Catfish species include channel cats, white cats, and brown bullheads. Smaller species include crappie and bluegill.

A good way to acquaint oneself with the area is by stopping at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center in the small town of Mountain Gate located 8 miles north of Redding off Interstate 5 (north of the byway exit).

Recreation - The Route 151--Shasta Dam Boulevard is known for it's great access to a wide spectrum of recreational attractions and scenic views.

Climate - Summer is hot and dry in northern California with temperatures ranging from 85 - 100+ degrees F. Lows range from 60 - 70 degrees F. Autumn days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year. Highs during this season range from 40 - 60 degrees F and lows from 30 - 40 degrees F. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days and high temperatures reaching 60 - 80 degrees F and lows in the 40s.

Location - The byway branches off of Interstate 5 north of Redding. Highway 151 passes Shasta Lake City and ends at Shasta Lake.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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