• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail


    National Recreation Area California

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  • Brandy Creek Road Closed Oct 1 - Oct 2, 2014

    Whiskeytown staff is working towards improving Brandy Creek road for better access to popular visited areas. Brandy Creek Road will be closed first thing Wednesday morning Oct 1st and remain closed through the second for graveling.

Environmental Factors

How does a relatively small park like Whiskeytown become home to so many different species? The biotic communities found in Whiskeytown were shaped by many environmental factors interacting throughout time. Whiskeytown is a geological crossroads where several of northern California’s physiographic regions merge. Elements of the Klamath Mountains, Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges, and the Sacramento Valley come together here to create a variety of habitats.

Rugged topography, numerous soil types, variable weather, and periodic disturbances have influenced the formation of Whiskeytown’s biotic communities and the diversity of species in them. In particular, episodic disturbances, both natural and human-caused, can have rapid and profound affects on biotic communities. Disturbances upset conditions, reshuffling species distributions and abundances, and often reorganizing entire ecosystems. Fire, non-native species invasions, and disturbed lands from historic logging and mining activities all affect the park’s current biodiversity.

Did You Know?


Whiskeytown is home to 14-16 nesting pairs of Osprey.