|A Tour of Shasta Dam, Lake Shasta, Mt Shasta and
Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in California
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Beautiful blue Shasta Lake with majestic snow capped Mount Shasta in northern California as viewed from
Shasta Dam Vista Point Overlook (on scenic Route 151, Shasta Dam Blvd) on September 23, 2019. Shasta
Dam Overlook is marked on Google Map. It is about 11 miles north of the City of Reeding, California. If you
enter "Shasta Dam Overlook" as the destination, the Google Map based GPS navigator App on a smartphone
will guide your driving to this Vista Point on the scenic Route 151 in northern California. It is a roadside pull-out
paved parking area for the fantastic view. The horizontal concrete structure at the bottom of this picture is the
upper part of the massive Shasta Dam which is the eighth tallest dam in the United States.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing location of Shasta Dam Overlook.
Zoom in for a closer view of the south side of Mt Shasta as viewed from Shasta Dam Vista Point Overlook.
We took a 4-day driving tour of Shasta Dam, Lake Shasta, Mt Shasta, Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in
northern California and Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon from September 23 to 26, 2019
Another arm of Shasta lake. More tourist information on Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake are available on this
website. The multiple arms of the large Lake Shasta can be seen on this Google Map. This Google Map
also shows that part of Lake Shasta is visible from Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) via a long bridge.
Lake Shasta as viewed from Fisherman's Point Day Use Area on lake shore. I took a panoramic scan of the
large Lake Shasta as shown in the following YouTube website:
Each year many visitors come here from all over the world to see the fantastic view of "Three Shastas":
Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam. We also went into the auditorium in Shasta Dam Visitor
Center and watched the movie on the construction of the massive Shasta Dam. It was very impressive.
Lake Shasta near Bridge Bay at Shasta Lake as viewed from I-5 Bridge.
Bridge Bay Marina at Shasta Lake as viewed from I-5 Bridge.
The iconic Sundial Bridge with glass surface over Sacramento River in Redding, California. At night when the
aquamarine glass floor is illuminated from below. A lot of artistic talent went in the making of this beautiful
The beautiful Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.
At the peak elevation of 14,180 feet, the massive, snow capped Stratovolcano, Mt. Shasta, is visible at least
100 miles away. So, when we were driving north on Interstate Highway 5 (I-5) and driving north on Highway
97 in northern California, we could see the beautiful Mt. Shasta over very long stretch of I-5 and of Highway
This particular picture is taken near the junction of I-5 and Sunset Hills Dr and is about 80 miles south of Mt.
Zoom in for a closer view of upper part of south side of Mt. Shasta and its glaciers as viewed from I-5.
We have heard many stories of melting and shrinking of glaciers at many places all over the world. But the
glaciers on Mt. Shasta have been growing and have nearly doubled in size since 1950.
After visiting the SunDial Bridge in Redding, we drove to Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge for bird watching
by driving north on I-5 to the town of Weed, then left I-5 and got on Highway 97 to go to Tule Lake National
Wildlife Refuge following the navigation instructions of the free Google Map based GPS navigator on my
Android based smartphone.
The Tule Lake National Wildlife Reserve Visitor Center is located at 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake, CA 96134.
Visitors can get the map of Auto Tour Route and various bird watching information from this visitor center. The
Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at the same address.
Map: Click here for interactive Google Map showing the location of Tule Lake National Wildlife Reserve Visitor
One more view of many views of Mt. Shasta while we were driving on I-5 going north.
Majestic Mt Shasta as viewed from Tule Lake, about 80 miles away.
Castle Crags as seen from I-5. It is a dramatic and well-known rock formation in Northern California between
the towns of Castella and Dunsmuir.
Many waterfowl on the Auto Tour Road which is unpaved gravel road. As our car was approaching them,
many of them took off into the air. I am not sure what kind of birds are they, may be Brant.
Zoom in for closer view of upper part of the north side of Mt Shasta and the glaciers as viewed from Mt
Shasta View Point on Highway 97. The snow and glaciers on the north side of Mt Shasta are deeper than
those on south side as shown on the other close up picture near the beginning of this web page.
The sign here at Highway 97 pull off parking lot is "Mt. Shasta Vista Point" for the fantastic view of the
majestic snow capped Mt. Shasta. But on Google Map, this location is marked as "Mt. Shasta View Point"
on Highway 97.
Lots of large white pelicans and many smaller grebes and other water fowl are doing cooperative foraging on
the Tule Lake.
The Map of the Auto Tour Route for visitors to do bird watching around Tule Lake. The Auto Tour Route is
unpaved gravel road in good condition and is shown as dotted route on this Map.
Very large flock of large white pelicans are lined up in the middle of the large Tule Lake and seems to be doing
cooperative foraging with Synchronous beak dipping to scoop up school of fish being herded by these white
pelicans and many other grebes and other water fowl.
The pelicans dip their long beaks with the large open throat pouches and heads into the water to scoop up fish.
I took a panoramic movie scan of the large Tule Lake as shown on the following YouTube website:
A large solar panel farm seen from Highway 39 just a few miles north of Merrill in southern Oregon when
we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and was driving on Highway 39 to go to a hotel in
I took a movie clip of this large solar panel farm as shown in the following YouTube website:
Aerial views of this large solar panel farm can be seen here.
The Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge near Tule Lake probably is also quite interesting for bird watching.
However, when we drove on Highway 161 near that area, there was some heavy construction work with
road blocks. So, we changed our plan and skipped the tour of Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge.
After we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, we stayed in a hotel in Klamath Falls. On the
next morning, we drove north to tour Crater Lake National Park. Our report on the tour of Crater Lake is on
my website at:
Part of a large solar panel farm seen from Highway 39 just a few miles north of the town of Merrill in
southern Oregon when we finished touring Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and was driving on Highway 39
to go to a hotel in Klamath Falls. The large solar panel farm is on the north side of Highway 39.
When a pelican caught one or more fish in its large throat pouch, the pelican raises its head, long beak and
the large throat pouch up and point them upward so that the fish in the tilted pouch will slide down easily into
its throat. These pictures show that there are fish at the bottom of the tilted throat pouches.
Sometimes many pelicans flying very low in a single line just above the water surface.
Sometimes, many pelicans are flying high in the sky.
Many grebes, American coots and other waterfowl are following or swimming along side the large flock of
white pelicans in a long line feeding on Tule Lake. Their busy feeding actions indicate that there are lots of fish
in Tule Lake.
This flock of white pelicans was foraging very far away in the middle of the large Tule Lake. I zoomed in and
took a movie of many white pelicans in action catching and eating fish on Tule Lake as shown in the following
YouTube website. With 65X optical zoom, it is very sensitive to any tiny camera shake such that the movie is
not very stable.
A large blue heron on the roadside irrigation ditch took off into the air over the farm field near Tule Lake when
our car approached.
A blue heron took off as our car on the Auto Tour Route came close to the big bird on the roadside.
There are also many egrets in the marsh area.
Many egrets in the marsh area, many other kind of birds flying in the air and some water fowl on the water
Many egrets on the open field next to Tule Lake.
Many egrets on the Auto Tour Route.
Many egrets were on the Auto Tour Route. When our car came close to them, these egrets took off into the
air to fly away.
As our car approached, many egrets took off and flew low near the surface of Tule Lake.
Another view of many egrets along the Auto Tour Route.
Driving along the Auto Tour Route provides us plenty of opportunities to watch these beautiful egrets flying
gracefully over Tule Lake.
Many egrets on the Auto Tour Route.
It is very nice to watch these beautiful white birds flying gracefully over the water.
Nice water reflection of the beautiful egret in the air just above the water.
湖面上眾多水禽，湖裡眾多肥魚， Tule Lake 湖面遼闊，擁有豐富的動植物資源，是候鳥
Many water fowl on Tule Lake in September 2019. In the winter season, when huge number of birds migrated
south away from the frozen arctic areas, the number and the density of waterfowl, especially snow geese, on
Tule Lake are much larger and are very impressive as shown by many pictures here. Most of Alaska's eagles
also come to this area in the winter.
It was quite impressive when many of them took off simultaneously into the air.
Some of them were in the air, some were on the water and many of them were still in high concentration on
the Auto Tour Route.
As a bird watcher, I enjoy watching such large flock of birds in action in the air.
Another view of the large blue heron in the air.
More roadside large blue heron ready to take off into the air.
The large flock of white pelicans often cooperate when feeding. They coordinate their swimming to drive
schooling fish together. Other cooperating waterfowl dive deep into the water to drive the school of fish to
near surface. Then the large flock of white pelicans seems to synchronize the dipping of their heads, long
beak and open large throat pouches into the water to scoop up many fish in the school of fish near the
This picture is taken by Yuan Yuan Yeh.
You step into the past when you view the carvings on the cliff at Petroglyph Point in Lava Beds National
Monument near Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
This rock formation was created when a cinder cone erupted from the floor of ancient Tule Lake to form an
island. Early native people paddled out in boats on ancient much larger Tule Lake to come here to carve these
pictures into the soft rock.
Waves undercut the base of the cliff where the petroglyph's are carved. Wind, rain, and ice have enlarged
gas bubbles and faults, creating many cracks and crannies on the cliff wall which become natural nesting
sites for many birds. They are filled with barn owls, cliff swallows, hawks, prairie falcons, and many other
birds who find an abundant supply of food nearby.
Rock Art at Lava Beds: Visitors can see an extensive collection of awe-inspiring pictographs and petroglyph's
throughout the Lava Beds landscape. Here are two small samples.
白溏鵝 自由地在藍天飛翔著，御風而行， 歡舞。
A single mast, 217 feet high, makes it the world's largest sundial. The 700' long Sundial Bridge is a cantilever
spar cable-stayed bridge. Cable from England, tile from Spain, and glass from Quebec.
An absolute jewel of the area. So beautiful and such a huge draw for those traveling through the area. It is
especially amazing at night when it is all lit up.
People fishing on Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.
Some of Canada geese and colorful mallards on Sacramento River as viewed from the Sundial Bridge.