Oak Bottom Campground

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown Lake

Oak Bottom Tent Campground at Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Oak Bottom Tent Campground

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Attractions and Activities

  • Whiskeytown Lake is popular for fishing, swimming, boating, waterskiing, and scuba diving.
  • Hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and mountain biking are big attractions along the surrounding trails.
  • Visit the historic Tower House Historic District, pan for gold, see the 1852 Camden House
  • Hike to waterfalls and mountain tops. 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 Regulations

  1. Entrance Passes are required in addition to camping fees. ($10 for 7 days)
  2. Bears: Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers.
  3. Generators may only be operated from 6 AM to 10 PM.
  4. Jet Skis are not allowed on the lake.
  5. Dogs are not permitted on beaches.

Oak Bottom Campground

Oak Bottom Campground is on the north shore of Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. It is the only family campground on the shores of Whiskeytown Lake. Visitors to the 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.

Oak Bottom Campground is divided into 2 sections - an RV section and a tent section. The tent campground contains 94 walk-in campsites. Seventeen of the tent campsites are lakeside sites. Boats may be moored near them. A maximum of 2 tents is allowed per site. Sleeping in vehicles at the tent campground is not permitted.

The RV Campground at Oak Bottom has 22 campsites in a parking area near the launch ramp. All sites are on asphalt and have no shade. There is water nearby, but there are no tables, hook-ups, or fire grates. No tents are allowed in the RV Campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Highway 299 at Whiskeytown Lake, 14 miles west of I-5 in Redding
Elevation: 1,280 feet
Nearby Cities: 13 miles from Redding
Number of Sites: Tent sites - 94
RV sites - 22
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children), max. 2 tents
Vehicles per Site: 1 at tent camping parking lot
overflow parking available
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
Whiskeytown Visitor Center: (530) 246-1225

Reservations Available: Mid-May through mid-September, otherwise first come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 days from May 15 to September 15 and 30 days total for the calendar year.
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 32 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: Some sites are accessible
Camping Fees: Lakeside tent sites - $26 per night
Other tent sites - $24 per night
RV sites - $21 per night mid-April to mid-October ($14 off-season)
Reservations: Oak Bottom Campground Reservations: (530) 359-2269
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Oak Bottom Campground Amenities
Campsites: Tent sites only - picnic table, food locker, fire grate
Campground: Tent & RV sites - restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, amphitheater, store
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump station: Yes
Campground Map: Oak Bottom Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Marina, launch ramp, swim beach, Oak Bottom Ditch Trail, amphitheater with interpretive programs in summer

Oak Bottom RV Campground at Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Oak Bottom RV and Trailer Campground

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