Packers Bay Marina
The Packers Bay Marina (16814 Packers Bay Rd., Lakehead, 800/331-3137, http://packersbay.com) is located in (surprise) Packers Bay, which sits a couple of miles west of I-5 near the big bridge.
A small independent operator, this marina offers some of the rare, honest-to-goodness modest houseboats on Shasta Lake. These can sleep 10 people but are really comfortable for groups of 4–6 and are less expensive than the bigger models.
Packers Bay Marina offers only houseboats, and fewer services than the larger places. But houseboat renters can expect more personal service, and nicer boats, here than at those big marinas. No pets are allowed on any boats.
Getting to the marina from Redding is kind of tricky; you must get off I-5 at Shasta Caverns-O’Brien, then get back on going south to reach the Packers Bay Road exit.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition