|Mt. Shasta, Calif., from the south along I-5 (Julianne G. Crane)|
Depending on the amount of winter snowfall (which has been well below average the past few years in California) the views of Mt. Shasta from I-5 can take your breath away — and you don’t even have to stop and get out of your rig — simply look out the window. Or you can pull off the highway at the many viewpoints along the way.
|Antlers CG, Shasta Lake, Calif. (Julianne G Crane)|
If you do want to stop for longer, however, and are looking for a place to camp near I-5, consider the U. S. Forest Service Antlers Campground near Exit 702, open March 5 – October 31. There are interpretive programs at the amphitheater every weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For more information on our stay at Antlers Campground, click here.
Although Antlers Campground is technically “on shores of Shasta Lake” … that shoreline could be a ways away. Because of the extended drought in California, and the draw down of Shasta Lake, the lake’s water level in June 2014 was 110 feet below full lake (photo on left), but by
June 2016 had risen to 1049 feet elevation (above sea level), just 18 feet below full lake and dam crest elevation of 1,067 feet (photo on right). (For detailed information about Shasta Lake, click here.)
Photos: Mt. Shasta from I-5 and U. S. Forest Service Antlers Campground, site 56, on Shasta Lake, California (Julianne G. Crane). Bottom two photos: Shasta Lake from Bass Mountain in 2014 and in 2016. (CalTrans)