Moonlight Kayak Tours Highlight Summer Programs at Whiskeytown
Contact: Clinton Kane, (530) 242-3451
Moonlight kayak tours will highlight the beginning of the 2008 summer ranger-guided activities at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. These very popular programs will be offered at 7:30PM starting on Friday, June 13 and continue each evening through Tuesday, June 17. Reservations will be taken for these special tours beginning on Monday, June 2 from 9am to 12 noon by calling (530) 242-3462. “The moonlight kayak tours are definitely one of the more memorable moments one can experience here at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and we are pleased to offer this special opportunity to park visitors again this year,” stated Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone. “It is a very unique time to be on the lake because your surroundings change as the night sky takes over and the only light around you is that of the moon, making everything from the landscape to the water very surreal,” concluded Milestone.
In addition to the daily kayak tours on Whiskeytown Lake, other programs offered during the summer include evening programs, Junior Ranger and Junior Firefighter programs at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater Another program that will be offered is the “Walk in Time” tour of the historic Camden House and the surrounding area, followed by a gold panning expedition where visitors can keep all of the gold that they find! Water safety demonstrations will also be conducted at Brandy Creek Beach on weekends.
The Visitor Center now has extended hours during the summer and is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm through Labor Day. Located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive, the Visitor Center offers exhibits on the history and development of the Whiskeytown area as well as information on interpretive programs, camping, and other local information. Annual ($25), weekly ($10), or daily ($5) entrance passes are required for all visits to Whiskeytown, including ranger-led programs. Passes may be purchased at the Visitor Center or at pay stations located throughout the park.
SUMMER RANGER-GUIDED ACTIVITIES All programs are subject to change; please call the Visitor Center at 246-1225 for the most current information. Although participants must have a valid park entrance pass to participate, there is no additional fee for attending any of the park programs.
For kayak reservations please call (530) 242-3462 on weekdays (Monday through Friday) beginning Monday, June 2. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis between 9:00 am and 12 noon only. All kayak-program participants must know how to swim and will be required to wear a life vest. The park will provide tandem kayaks for up to twenty-four participants. Park visitors with their own kayaks are welcome to accompany the tour group but must call to sign up for a specific tour. Each six to twelve year old child must be accompanied by an adult who will serve as their kayak partner. Groups of children over twelve must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult. The kayak program is not available for children younger than six years old.
Kayak Tours Daily tours.
Junior Ranger Kayak Sundays 6 - 8pm
Evening Programs Fridays and Saturdays 9 - 10 pm (8:30 – 9:30 pm beginning August 9th)
Walk In Time (Includes Gold panning!) Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 6 pm -
Junior Ranger Saturdays 10 - 11am
Junior Firefighter Saturdays 11 - 12noon
Water Safety Demonstration Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For more information contact the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/whis.
Did You Know?
Shasta Bally is the highest point in Whiskeytown at 6199 feet. Snow can usually still be seen through June.