Whiskeytown National Recreation Area ranks as one of the most beautiful places to visit in California.
Located adjacent to the Shasta and Trinity parks, within the recreation area are three reservoirs and an impressive diversity of outdoor activities.
More than 200,000 acres of woodlands, grasslands, lakes and streams are just waiting to be explored. You may experience many things during your visit to the parks, but boredom will not be one of them.
Whiskeytown is centred around a lovely large lake and one that covers more than 3,000 acres. The lake was created following the completion of the Whiskeytown Dam in 1963.
It serves as an important reservoir, and source of water for the residents and farms of Shastra County. Its powerhouse also provides a vital flow of energy to the surrounding cities and towns.
But it is the wildlife and the awesome opportunities for outdoor recreation that make Whiskeytown National Recreation Area worthy of a trip.
Weekend Activities Guide
Bald Eagles and Osprey come here to build their nests in the tall trees lining the shores of the lake.
Black Bears, Blacktail Deer, and Mountain Lions that have made the forests of Whiskeytown their home.
Campers will want to keep their food under lock and key; the resident raccoons have quite the reputation for helping themselves to a midnight snack while visitors sleep…
Hundreds of miles of trails meander through the Whiskeytown/Shastra/Trinity parks. Equestrian enthusiasts will be thrilled with the sights to be seen along the riding paths.
Hikers and those with mountain bikes have no shortage of trails to explore throughout the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
Dogs are welcome in some spots, but keep your four-legged friends on the trails and away from the wildlife.
Whiskeytown and environs have several sensational waterfalls. The “lost falls” on the James K Carr trail were rediscovered by a geologist and biologist conducting a survey of the park in 2004.
Opened to the public in 2005, the falls are easily accessed, and make a pleasant hike, and a perfect place for a picnic.
Turn your phone off, but have your camera ready. The memories made here will be the kind you want to capture forever.
Whiskeytown Lake is well known for its excellent visibility and is a popular spot for fishing.
There are swimming beaches, Brandy Creek being a perennial favorite. During the summer months, a lifeguard is on duty full time.
Guided kayak tours are available free of charge over the summer, and the conditions are perfect for sailing. canoes are welcome, jet skis are not.
There is fine fishing to be done in the lake, as well as the creeks that feed it. Bass, trout and even Kokanee Salmon are plentiful.
The standard California State Fishing Regulations apply here, and the Whiskeyville staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Camping Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Numerous camping and accommodation options are available at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. RVs are welcome at most campgrounds and provide all the necessary hook-ups.
Perhaps the prettiest spots are to found at the more primitive sites. Many cost less than $20/night. There are further discounts to be had if you can plan your visit to the park during off-peak months.
There are few places beautiful in California than this protected recreational space.
Whiskeytown attracts more and more guests every year. Be sure and beat the crowds by making your way here sooner, rather than later.