Dry Creek Group Campground

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown Lake

Dry Creek Group Campground, Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Dry Creek Group Campground

Whiskeytown National
Recreation Area
Attractions and Activities

Groups camping at Whiskeytown Lake will be quite pleased with the location and facilities at Dry Creek Group Campground.

  • Whiskeytown Lake is favorite destination for fishing, swimming, boating, waterskiing, and scuba diving.
  • Hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding are popular activities along the surrounding trails.
  • Visit the historic Tower House Historic District, pan for gold, and see the 1852 Camden House.
  • Hike to waterfalls and mountain tops with great vistas. Take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge and hike to all 4 waterfalls.
  • Stop in the Visitor Center for interpretive exhibits and a park overview.
  • Attend a ranger-led interpretive program offered in the summer.
  • Children can participate in a range of exciting Junior Ranger Programs, such as the Kayak Program and Junior Firefighter.
  • Join a ranger-led kayak tour.

Key Dry Creek Group Campground Regulations

  1. Entrance Passes to the Recreation Area are required in addition to camping fees. ($10 for 7 days)
  2. Avoid problems with bears by securing all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Generators are not permitted in tent-only campgrounds.
  4. Jet Skis are not allowed on the lake.
  5. Dogs must be on leash and are not permitted on beaches.

Dry Creek Group Campground

Dry Creek Group Campground is on the south shore of Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Visitors to the tents-only campground enjoy hiking to nearby waterfalls and through old-growth forests. Beaches are found at Oak Bottom, Brandy Creek and East Beach. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Dry Creek Group Campground has 2 campsites. Each site can accommodate from 20 up to 50 people. Both sites may be reserved together for groups up to a maximum of 100. Each campsite has 2 large serving tables, many picnic tables, a large charcoal barbecue grill, a cleared fire pit area, vault toilets, bear-proof storage lockers and drinking water. Boats may be moored alongside the campground. RVs, campers, or trailers are not allowed. No generators are allowed.

Dry Creek Group Campground Basics
Dry Creek Group Campground Location: Just beyond Brandy Creek Maria off Kennedy Memorial Dr., off Hwy. 299 at Whiskeytown Lake, 15 miles west of I-5 in Redding
Elevation: 1,280 feet
Nearby Cities: 14 miles from Redding
Number of Sites: 2
Open - Closed: April through October
Max. People per Site: 50 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: As space permits
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Service Fee Program Office: (530) 242-3412

Reservations at Dry Creek Group Campground
Reservations required Whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Camping Limit: 14 days from May 15 to September 15 and 30 days total for the calendar year.
Wheelchair accessible Sites: Accessible sites and restrooms
Camping Fees: $80 per night per site
does not include daily entrance fee
Reservations: Dry Creek Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Dry Creek Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: 2 large serving tables, many picnic tables, small and large charcoal barbecue grills, a cleared fire pit area, bear-proof storage lockers
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water, drinking fountain, recycling bins
Showers: Outdoor showers at Brandy Creek Campground
Dump station: Nearby
Attractions near Dry Creek Group Campground: Enjoy the Brandy Creek Beach with lifeguards on duty at peak times. Visit the marina and launch ramp. Hike the Monarch Mountain Trail or the popular Brandy Creek Trail. Visit Brandy Creek Falls. Attend summer interpretive programs at the amphitheater.

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