"HouseBoats on Lake Shasta, CA" Shasta Lake by westy1

Shasta Lake Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 20 photos

SugarLoaf Marina

We had a Great Time on the Pandora, a 60' houseboat we rented from SugarLoaf Marina. We were on it 3 nights, wed - friday.

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7 of us took a 3 night houseboat cruise on Lake Shasta.
We rented a 60 foot houseboat, model ODYSSEY, named 'Pandora'. It had plenty of room, double door fridge, 4 gas burner stove/oven, microwave (that ran off the batteries), dishwasher, trash compactor, satellite movies (Dish Network), we could get the satellite feed from anywhere on the lake we anchored, and a hot tub on the second deck. Steering from cabin or bridge.
The people that work at Sugarloaf Marina in Lakehead, CA are committed to making sure you enjoy your houseboating experience.
They are http://houseboats.com and have several locations on Lake Shasta.
The loading was easy as an atv pulling to metal boxes was driving by when we arrived, and our food and luggage was easily loaded onto the boat. The AC was on when we first boarded. I couldn't imagine how they had the AC working without the engine running.
A few minutes later I was on the stern and looked over and saw some water churn, and it was then that I heard the engines under me. Real Quiet engines, and the generator was also hard to hear or feel running.
Kyle explained all the working procedures of starting the engines, turning on the generator, hot tub, hot tub heater, 12 Boze speaker multi-media DVD, CD, VHS system, all the breaker boxes and switches, and they backed her out and sent us on our way, jumping on a dinghy to get back to the marina.
The houseboat is easy to steer and stake up on the shores.
We were lucky to have Ann's 2 boys to jump off and pound down the stakes on the rocky, muddy, and sandy shores, and tie the 2 stern lines to them.
You learn to pick a severely sloping shore so the houseboat won't get stuck in the sand and you can reverse easily out of any cove or inlet you're tied up in.
The water jetted slide, and the hot tub were Great!
The water was, I'm guessin' , in the high 70's low 80's and was a welcome relief from the 90 + degree days, but there was always a nice breeze billowing thru the boat when you were under way, and sleeping was quiet, peaceful, and rejuvenating, listening to the swells breaking on the shore, now and then, and the chirping crickets.
We had an 80 year old woman, Ann's mother, Mary Ann on board, and she just Loved It. She had no problem going up to the second deck, and spent a lot of time up there. Our sunset cruises after the BBQ'd dinners were great, and getting up early and having the rest of the crew wake up when we were already under way, was a great way to start the day!
You see all kinds of speed boats and skiers, and jet skis.
We went during the week and there was never any heavy boat or jet ski traffic. Try to book your voyage on a Full Moon for Awesome Nights! The ship's upper deck lighting at night won't interfere with star gazing. Every piece of equipment on board worked flawlessly. Their houseboats are well maintained!
With lake water spigots and hoses all over the boat, swabbing the decks was a breeze with the supplied mops and broom brushes.
On our way back in we ran the dishwasher (very quiet also) and had all the dishes, silverware, and glasses put away before we were back at the marina.
We were drifting just outside the marina's breakwater, to get in one last swim and slide action, and a dinghy from the marina pulled up and brought us back in.
They were off-loading 6 boats and we only waited a little bit before the atv pulled up and we off loaded our gear and left over food.
We did get stuck in the sand a few times and the prop was damaged a little, and Brian Davis, the GM had it mounted on a plaque for us - FAR OUT!! I treasure every time I look at the 'trophy' prop!!
You may view our pictures here:
Happy Trails, FW Rupp, captain

Pic of Pandora's inside cabin

Everything you could ask for on a Lake :-)

  • Last visit to Shasta Lake: Jul 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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