Six primitive campgrounds with a total of 20 campsites are located at least one mile from Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Primitive campgrounds have no potable water or flush toilets. They do have vault toilets and other campground amenities.
Visitors to the campgrounds enjoy hiking and horseback riding to nearby waterfalls and through old-growth forests. A short drive leads campers to beaches at Oak Bottom, Brandy Creek and East Beach. Whiskeytown Lake is popular for fishing, boating, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing.
- Peltier Bridge: Tents only - Off Paige Bar Road near the dam, beside a creek
- Horse Camp: RVs, trailers or tents, lots of parking space. May have potable water. For reservations call (530) 242-3412. Fee based on group size. No corrals available. Off Paige Bar Road.
- Brandy Creek: RVs, trailers or tents - short drive to Brandy Creek Beach
- Sheep Camp: Tents only - 3-mile drive to Brandy Creek Beach
- Crystal Creek: Tents only, by Crystal Creek Falls
- Coggins Park: RVs, trailers or tents - most remote campground, about 20 miles from the lake
Campgrounds without Potable Water
The lack of drinking water at a campground can be an inconvenience, especially for those without an RV or travel trailer. The obvious solution is to bring along a 5 or 7 gallon water canister to use for drinking water, dish washing, and even teeth brushing.
Another solution to consider is to use a quality water filter to filter water from a nearby stream or lake, a process backpackers use all the time. While hand pump filters work well, they can become tiresome. A gravity flow filter is really the best solution for campground use. Simply fill the reservoir with water, hang it from a tree limb, and enjoy clean water filling your water jug at a rate of almost ½ gallon a minute.