Primitive Campgrounds

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown Lake

Peltier Bridge Campground, Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Peltier Bridge 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 your RV.
  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.
  6. Those taking up more than one RV space must pay for both. Maximum of 2 spaces per family.

Primitive Campgrounds

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

Campground Basics
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: 1,000 - 3,900 feet
Nearby Cities: 14 - 20 miles from Redding
Number of Sites: 20
Open - Closed: most open year-round, but some sites may be closed in winter
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children) - 2 tents maximum
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Whiskeytown Visitor Center: (530) 246-1225

No Reservations The sites are available only on a first-come-first-served basis. Permits available at the Visitor Center (no advanced reservations accepted).
Camping Limit: 14 days from May 15 to September 15 and 30 days total for the calendar year.
Maximum RV/trailer length 25 feet total length of vehicles
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Camping Fees: $15 per night per site
does not include daily entrance fee
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Primitive Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof storage locker, a fire pit with a swing-arm BBQ grill, and a pole for hanging your lantern.
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: Outdoor showers at Brandy Creek Campground
Dump station: Nearby
Nearby attractions: Brandy Creek Beach (lifeguards on duty), marina, launch ramp, Monarch Mountain Trail, Brandy Creek Trail and Brandy Creek Falls, amphitheater with interpretive programs in summer

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.

Whiskeytown Horse Campground, Whiskeytown Lake, CA

Whiskeytown Horse Campground

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