Low water levels close another public boat launch at Lake Shasta

Aug 23, 2014 5:47 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

Shasta Lake is experiencing a near-historic low-water year following extreme drought conditions, and that's presenting challenges to boaters, fishermen, and others.
For example, the Sugarloaf Boat Ramp, located in Lakehead, became inoperable on August 21st.

The loss leaves the Jones Valley Boat Ramp and Centimudi Boat Ramp as the only remaining public launches facilities.

The Jones Valley Boat Ramp is currently co-located with the Jones Valley Marina. Anyone wanting to launch their boats there will need to pay their launch fee as they enter the fee area, and will need to utilize Jones Valley Marina's dock as the courtesy dock. The currently accessible ramp at Jones Valley (Ramp 3) is narrow, and the access route is long, but should accommodate most recreation boats.

For more information or updates on changing conditions, please contact the Shasta Lake Ranger Station at 530-275-1587.

Also, as water levels drop further, visitors are reminded that this man-made lake was built over older villages, towns, and structures. These resources are public treasures which need to be preserved for future generations. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA) prohibits excavation, removal, damage, destruction, defacing, or otherwise altering archaeological resources on public land.

Metal-detecting is permitted on National Forest Land only if it is in an area not reasonably expected to contain archaeological or historical resources. However, even in metal-detecting permissible areas, people are not permitted to cause resource damage by digging to find any buried treasure revealed by the metal-detector.

Collection of anything is limited to if something is located on the surface of the ground and is obviously modern. Metal-detecting for the purpose of finding gold or other minerals, instead of for recreation, is not permitted at all. Likewise, gold-panning is not permitted on the National Recreation Area, which includes all of Shasta Lake.

If you do come across historic artifacts or structures, Lake Officials ask that you take a picture, appreciate these items, and leave them where you found them. Then, call the Shasta Lake Ranger Station at 530-275-1587 to alert the archaeologist so the find can be documented and recorded as part of the history of the area.


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