Houseboats can be rented from seven marinas on Northern California's largest—and arguably most beautiful—reservoir.
Shasta Lake is the houseboating capital of California, if not the world, and for good reason.
The lake's 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where houseboaters can anchor out in solitude or bob in the company of others.
While the party crowd tends to gather at coves and marinas close to Interstate 5, the Pit River arm of the lake is noted for more secluded places to anchor.
Permits are required for campfires; they're free and can be obtained from houseboat rental companies.
Dog-friendly operators at Shasta include Shasta Marina Resort, Seven Crown Resorts (two locations), Jones Valley Resort and Holiday Harbor. Policies regarding pet fees and deposits vary, so be sure to ask.