Like a lot of other reviewers here, I am ranting about what we were NOT told when we booked our stay, even after careful questioning.
We planned on two nights in the RV park so we could see the caverns (excellent) and enjoy the lake. We were NOT told the lake drops a foot a day beginning in May and that we were booking after two years of drought so the lake would be somewhere around 150 below the campground. However we WERE offered a "lakeside" RV spot! We would have parked, literally, at the edge of a 150 foot precipice. Fortunately we booked a shaded spot so our dog could remain comfortable while we visited the caverns. It was over 100 steps down to the banks of the lake, and at least 30 more feet down to the muddy, algae ridden water; the lake had extremely muddy/dirty banks since it was exposed lake bed. The campground itself had that run-down look, was extremely dusty and had dirty bathrooms. The campsite next to ours had exposed wires sticking out of the ground. Probably not live but who knows...
At the Marina we thought we'd take a jet ski out for an hour and give the kids a thrill. Maybe we are a little naive, but we WERE told it was $85 per hour so we assumed they could be rented BY THE HOUR. We were NOT told there was a TWO HOUR MINIMUM and a $500 deposit. However there was a moment of exasperating humor when the gal at the counter pointed to a sign on a door BEHIND THE COUNTER and said, "Yep - says right here - two hour minimum!"
We pulled out a day early and we will NEVER return to Lake Shasta. We envisioned a day of lakeside fun and the kids splashing in the water. Lake Shasta is for folks who want to spend the day floating around on houseboats, for whatever reason because it looks downright dull to me, in what I would call less than attractive surroundings. The entire lake is surrounded by an ugly ring of exposed lake bed, the result of yearly and unavoidable evaporation that as I said before begins with the lake in the seasonal high point in May and dropping a foot a day until the rains return in the fall. The lake was SO LOW that, when we asked if there was ANYWHERE we could take the kids swimming (10 and 12 years old) we were met with a blank stare and absolutely NO recommendations. I wouldn't go back to Holiday Harbor or Lake Shasta if they gave me a free spot.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Harbor Resort And Marina Hotel Shasta Lake
- Holiday Harbor Resort And Marina Hotel