Curiosity at Shasta Caverns grows as lake level diminishes

Low lake levels bring business to Shasta Caverns

SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - Low lake levels have brought out a record number of people to the Lake Shasta Caverns.

The tour's adventure begins with a slightly shorter boat ride across the lake because of the lack of rain. But Lake Shasta Caverns General Manager Matthew Doyle believes real beauty by the shore has been uncovered.

"The contrasting, the blue of the water, the red of the shoreline and the green of the trees, it really is magnificent," described Doyle.

He said this season's spring-like weather has helped the cavern's attendance record blossom.

"It's been a pretty good winter as far as attendance is concerned, that's for sure," said Doyle.

The general manager said record breaking numbers of people are taking tours of the caverns.

Doyle said about 56,000 people explore the crevasses of the caverns every year.

Without the normal wet weather, December attendance numbers was up 153 percent. The month of January was up 61 percent. Making it a prime time for people to discover the caverns before the summer crowds hit.

"What I try and tell a lot of locals is to come up this time of year, especially on a year like this year, where we have a lack of rain. It actually makes a great environment for getting outdoors and checking out some of the things you normally wouldn't be able to take a look at this time of year" said Doyle.

With some rain expected in the coming forecast, Doyle urges everyone to take advantage of what's been uncovered because of this unseasonable winter weather.

Even with the lake level being down about 131 feet, there's still more than 220 miles of shoreline at Lake Shasta to explore.

"We have a unique opportunity to get out there; we don't know when this is going to happen again," said Doyle.

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