• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.


SHASTA LAKE, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation will begin the winter tour schedule at Shasta Dam on Tuesday, September 4. The free one-hour tour includes an elevator ride down inside the dam where guides discuss the construction, history and purpose of the project. The tour also visits the powerplant to view California’s largest hydroelectric generating station.

Daily tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the tour time. Please check in at the Shasta Dam Visitor Center to receive free tickets. Tours are on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 40 people allowed per tour. Free parking is available.

Bags of any kind, electronic devices and weapons, including small pocket knives, are not allowed on the tour; however, cameras and cellular telephones are allowed.

The visitor center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free video version of the tour is available in the auditorium, along with displays and exhibits explaining the dam’s construction history. The Discover Your Northwest Gift Shop is also located at the visitor center.

Shasta Dam is located approximately 10 miles north of Redding at the Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Boulevard, Shasta Lake, CA 96019. Exit at Shasta Dam Boulevard (exit 685) off Interstate 5 and drive west 6 miles to the dam.

Group tours are available for civic organizations, schools and other organized groups. For more information, please contact the Shasta Dam Visitor Center at 530-275-4463 (TTY 530-275-8991), email Sheri Harral at sharral@usbr.gov or visit www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/shasta/.

Released: August 31, 2012