Summer Ranger Programs at Whiskeytown Lake
Free summer ranger-led programs are available at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Events may change from year to year. Listed below are examples of what is offered for the 2018 season. Read full details, including rules and registration procedures at Whiskeytown Ranger-Led Programs.
Explore the lake in tandem kayaks with a ranger guide. Excursions are about 2½ hours long. Children must be at least 6 years old. The program includes day tours as well as a moonlight offering. Reservations are required.
Stand-up Paddleboard Program
Learn the skills of paddleboarding at the ranger-led program at Brandy Creek Beach. Sessions run about 1½ hours. Children must be at least 10 years old. Reservations are required.
Junior Rangers Program
Children ages 6 to 12 can participate in Junior Rangers, a one-hour program that explores the wonders of Whiskeytown.
Learn how the National Park Service firefighters manage fires. This one-hour program is offered at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater.
Astronomy programs are offered on Friday evenings at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater. Learn about the night sky and then join members of the Shasta Astronomy Club who will share their telescopes and knowledge with visitors. Star Parties are offered on most Saturdays at the Oak Bottom Marina parking lot.
Whiskeytown Lake Campgrounds
Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has a limited number of sites for camping. RV campgrounds are asphalt parking lots with no special amenities. The tent campgrounds, however, offer some wonderful camping opportunities.
The Group Camp at Dry Creek is an attractive tent-only campground with nice facilities.
Among the Primitive Campgrounds, Horse Camp may be reserved by equestrian groups. Two of the primitive sites are not shown on our map since they are out of range to the southwest.
Trails near Whiskeytown Lake
Hiking trails of all levels of difficulty are found around the lake from the shoreline to the back country.
Popular Easy Hikes
- The Camden Water Ditch Trail is a 1.1-mile walk beginning at the Tower House Historic District Parking Area. Walk along an old ditch under a canopy of oak and pines past an old barn.
- The Crystal Creek Falls Trail leads only about a third of a mile to the falls. Begin at a quarry on Crystal Creek Road, 2 miles off Highway 299.
- The Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail stretches nearly 3 miles along the edge of the lake. Begin the walk near the Oak Bottom Campground. This flat, wide trail is popular with walkers, joggers, and mountain bikers.
Popular Moderate Hikes
- The Boulder Creek Falls Trail is a 1-mile hike to the falls via a mostly shaded route. The trailhead is at the west end of the lake on Mill Creek Road.
- The Brandy Creek Falls Trail is a 1.5-mile hike up Brandy Creek to the falls. The trailhead is up Brandy Creek Road.
Many other hikes are available in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, ranging all the way up to the 7-mile Papoose Pass Trail.