• Whiskeytown Lake from the Davis Gulch Trail

    Whiskeytown

    National Recreation Area California

Resource Protection- Laws & Policies

National park rangers rescuing injured visitor.

Whiskeytown national park rangers (right) rescuing injured visitor.

Paul Young

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 (2013). If you are unclear on any regulatory information please review the links below or contact Chief Ranger Jim Richardson at (530) 242-3413. Please help us to provide enjoyment for all visitors and wildlife by protecting your park's resources.


Code of Federal Regulations
(2011)- Title 36- PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC PROPERTY
To help visitors navigate to relevant CFR sections that pertaining to park visitors and park usage, six of most important sections have been highlighted below.

Part 1- GENERAL PROVISIONS

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

Part 7- SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM (Gold Panning Information)

 

Alcohol, Dog (pet) and Horse Rules

ALCOHOL

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:

  • Oak Bottom swim beach, adjacent parking area, picnic areas and grounds and lake within the swim area buoys
  • Brandy Creek swim beaches, adjacent beach parking areas, picnic areas and grounds and lake within designated buoys.
  • Whiskey Creek day use (reservation) picnic area, beach, access road and parking lot and lake within the swim area buoys
  • East Beach and adjacent grounds and parking area and lake within the marker buoy line.
PETS

36 CFR 2.15 (a)(1)

The following structures and/or areas are closed to the possession of pets:

  • Whiskeytown Visitor Center
  • Whiskeytown Headquarters Building
  • Camden House
  • Brandy Creek Beach
  • Oak Bottom Beach
  • East Beach
  • Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area Beach

HORSES

36 CFR 2.16 (b)

The use of horses or pack animals is allowed on the following trails, routes or areas:

  • All trails, routes or areas within Whiskeytown NRA, excepting:
    • Oak Bottom Campground, Beach, Launch Ramp, Marina and day use parking lots
    • Whiskey Creek Launch Ramp, Picnic Area and parking lot
    • Brandy Creek Marina, Beaches, day use parking lots and Self Contained Recreational Vehicle camping area
    • N.E.E.D. Camp
    • Dry Creek Campground
    • Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area
    • Overlook Visitor Center parking lot and lawns area
    • Headquarters parking lot and lawns area
    • All portions of the Shasta Divide Trail, between Kennedy Memorial Drive and Whiskeytown Lake
    • All portions of the Davis Gulch Trail between the trailheads at Kennedy Memorial Drive and the Brandy Creek Day Use Area
    • Those portions of the Crystal Creek Canal Trail adjacent to the Oak Bottom Recreation Complex, as delineated on a diagram, attached to this document and available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent
    • All portions of the Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail
    • All paved roadways, except to cross at right angles

HUNTING

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:

http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.

Questions:

If you have any questions regarding firearms regulations, please contact Chief Ranger Jim Richardson at (530) 242-3413.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Did You Know?

Bald Eagles at Headquarters March 28, 2010 022

Whiskeytown is home to four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles.