A Clean, Clear Lake and Much, Much More

Whiskeytown Lake’s crystal-clear water is perhaps the most recognized feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a part of what the 42,000-acre Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has to offer. Visit waterfalls, hike through rugged mountains, explore California Gold Rush history, and observe post-fire ecology in action. Your national park is calling...

Clear blue sky, clear blue Whiskeytown Lake, and Shasta Bally. Green plants frame the photo.
Plan Your Summer 2024 Vacation

Start here first and see our recommendations for things to do.

View of Shasta Bally and Whiskeytown Lake on a sunny day.
The Whiskeytown Nugget

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Stand Up Paddleboard Program
Summer Programs

Join us this summer for our Rise and Shine Kayak tours, Paddleboard Adventures, Junior Ranger Days and more!

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Waterfalls of Whiskeytown

Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown Falls, and Crystal Creek Falls. Which one is right for you?

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Take a hike!

Dozens of miles of trails are calling your name. Enjoy healthy exercise in the great outdoors at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

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An Entrance Pass is Required

An Entrance Pass is required to visit Whiskeytown. Purchase your seven-day or annual pass at the Visitor Center or online.

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Be Safe and Respect the Law

For a positive and safe park experience, abide by these common rules and regulations.

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Plan Ahead for a Safe Day on the Water

Plan Like a Park Ranger for a safe and positive day on the reservoir by following these seven steps...

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Apply for an Artist-in-Residency!!!

Selected artists camp at Whiskeytown for two to three weeks and get to use the park's clean water and rugged mountains as inspiration.

Last updated: June 12, 2024

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown, CA 96095


530 242-3400

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