Resource Protection- Laws & Policies
To ensure the safety of both visitors and park resources, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has enacted laws that come from the Department of the Interior Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR) and from the Superintendent's Compendium (2015). If you are unclear on any regulatory information please review the links below or contact Chief Ranger Chris Mengel at (530) 242-3413. Please help us to provide enjoyment for all visitors and wildlife by protecting your park's resources.
Alcohol, Dog (pet) and Horse Rules
36 CFR §2.35 -ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES and CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
(a)(3)(i) The following public use areas, portions of public use areas, and/or public facilities within the park are closed to consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or to the possession of a bottle, can or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or has been opened, or whose seal has been broken or the contents of which have been partially removed:
36 CFR 2.15 (a)(1)
The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:
36 CFR 2.16 (b)
The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:
Hunting is prohibited on the following land areas within Whiskeytown Unit, as defined and drawn onto a map.
Refer to the maps for specific boundaries of areas impacted by these closures and restrictions. In all cases, hunting (as defined under 36 C.F.R. 1.4 (a)) and/or discharge of any weapon within 300 feet of any structure, designated camping area or other developed recreation site is prohibited.
Firearms in National Parks
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state's website:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
If you have any questions regarding firearms regulations, please contact Chief Ranger Chris Mengel at (530) 242-3413.
Part 2- RESOURCE PROTECTION, PUBLIC USE AND RECREATION
Part 3- BOATING AND WATER USE ACTIVITIES
Part 4- VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC SAFETY
Part 5- COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE OPERATIONS