Best place on the lake imo is the Pit arm. Its also the farthest arm from Antlers but well worth the drive down. Jones Valley marina is at the base of the Pit so you'll have access to a store, gas, ect........Lots of REAL nice coves and the least amount of traffic on the lake. Second choice would be the Squaw. Some pretty nice beaches up that way, at least by Shasta standards. Stay away from the McCloud arm, worst place to hang on the lake imo. If you want to stay on the Sac arm theres some really nice coves near Obrian and you can allways go into the Marina there for gas and stuff if needed. Hope that helps a bit. If youd like any more spacific info let me know.