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Castle Lake in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is a glacial lake with picturesque views of Mt. Shasta. In the middle of the lake, researchers float a platform in the middle of the lake to study the lake's environment. This is a great destination to swim to. 

Nearby Hike:
Heart Lake is a great 2-mile roundtrip hike starting from the Castle Lake parking lot. 

Castle Lake Road and the parking lot are typically open by Memorial Day and are open until the fall when it starts snowing. 

UC Davis and University of Nevada, Reno have a research station on the west shore of the lake to monitor climate changes and its effects on the lake's ecosystem. 

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