Whiskeytown Is More Than A Beautiful Lake

Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful sapphire-blue waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park.  However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush.


Whiskeytown Artist-in-Residence Program

Call for Artists

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown, announces the twelfth year of hosting an Artist-in-Residence Program!

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Visitor Center Winter Schedule

Visitor Center Winter Schedule and Changes

Before you come out to purchase any kind of pass, please see changes to Visitor Center hours and operation.

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See what Whiskeytown has to offer during the winter

Explore Beneath the Canopies

Don't miss the beautiful leaves turning color and the mist among the mountain side. Come take a hike or a short walk on one of our many trails.

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Take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge!

To the Falls!

Deep in the forests of the park, Whiskeytown’s four spectacular waterfalls await your exploration. Crystal Creek Falls is ADA Accessible.

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Spring bloom of native wildflowers in one of the park's many meadows.

Discover Whiskeytown’s Biodiversity

Take a virtual tour of Whiskeytown’s incredible biodiversity and see some of the unique species and areas that await your discovery!

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