REDDING, Calif. -

All the talk of low lake levels can make it sound like Lake Shasta has shriveled up to all but a puddle.  But there’s still a whole lot of water up there.

More than enough to go enjoy an afternoon out on the lake.

According to the Bureau of Reclamation, there is still more than 200 miles of shoreline on Lake Shasta.

That’s down from its peak of 365 miles but the lake still has a whole lot of exploring to offer, especially with the new historic relics uncovered by the falling water levels.

Some of the most interesting relics require a boat to get to them.  In addition, Silverthorn Resort workers report that the fishing is amazing.  The lower water levels have exposed some trees and made it easier to catch the trout that live in the branches.  Also it’s now easier to catch the catfish that live on the bottom, normally about 300 feet below the surface, now at a more manageable 150 to 200 feet down.

Despite the dire statistics, Lake Shasta still has a massive 1.6 million acre feet of water in it.  And the best thing, since it’s technically winter, no one is out on the lake.  You can have an entire arm to yourself.