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July 18, 2014
Tourism to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area creates $31,712,300 in Economic Benefit
Whiskeytown, California – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 776,025 visitors to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in 2013 spent nearly $32 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 405 jobs in the local area.

July 17, 2014
Public Meeting to Discuss Paige Boulder Watershed Restoration
A public scoping meeting will be held on July 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to assist the National Park Service in the planning of a proposed project to undertake landscape restoration in the Paige Boulder watershed. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of Redding City Hall.

July 17, 2014
Artist’s Drawing Workshops with Artist-in-Residence
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a series of drawing workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper. Join Mr. Kuiper at various park locations, and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art. Art supplies will be provided for the first 8 participants. If you have your own supplies, please bring them.

July 11, 2014
Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Brandy Creek Beach
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. These very knowledgeable and passionate amateur astronomers will be displaying meteorites and providing powerful telescopes to view what is often considered the most brilliant meteor shower of the year.

July 02, 2014
El 4 de Julio en Whiskeytown
El fin de semana del 4 de Julio es uno de los fines de semana más concurridos del año en el Área de Recreación Nacional de Whiskeytown. Las áreas del parque más populares se llenan rápidamente y el espacio para estacionar estará limitado.

July 02, 2014
Junior Lifeguard Program and Waterfront Lifeguard Training 2014
The Junior Lifeguard Program at Whiskeytown is designed to instruct youth 10 years of age and up in water and beach safety and to gain skills in aquatics, along with instilling a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. The purpose of the Waterfront Lifeguarding course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies both in a pool and in a waterfront environment. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and to prevent drowning and injuries. We also hope to improve the fitness of youth and train future lifeguards.

July 02, 2014
Fourth of July at Whiskeytown
The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days and weekends of the year at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Most popular park areas will fill up quickly with visitors and parking will be very limited. Please plan to arrive early, and have an alternative plan should your favorite spot already be occupied.

July 01, 2014
Tours of Historic Camden House offered on July 5th
The historic Camden House at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will be open to the public Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm. Activities include docent guided house tours, along with “Walk in Time” ranger assisted gold panning from 3 pm to 5 pm.

June 22, 2014
Remembering Whiskeytown—A Historical Cemetery Tour of Whiskeytown’s Pioneers and Past
Meet with a park ranger at the Whiskeytown Cemetery for a walking tour Sunday evenings July 20 through September 7 starting at 6:30 pm. The tour will visit gravesites and learn about some of the individuals and families who settled here during the Gold Rush through the time of the Central Valley Project and Whiskeytown Lake. Along the way, learn about the iconography/symbolism of headstones and its significance in telling a larger story. Following the tour, visitors will be encouraged to share their stories about this intriguing and unique cemetery as well as historic cemeteries in general and their preservation. Programs will last about 1.5 hours.

June 20, 2014
Fire Use and Prevention Restrictions 2014
Due to continued extreme dry conditions as a result of the ongoing drought, the National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is implementing fire restrictions at the park.

June 09, 2014
Ranger-led Activities for Summer 2014
Whiskeytown offers a variety of free, family friendly ranger-led activities throughout the summer. From kayaking to stargazing, there is something for everyone! Programs begin June 14 and run through Labor Day weekend. Reservations are required for the park kayak programs and can be made up to two weeks in advance by calling (530) 242-3462. The park will begin taking reservations for the season on Monday, June 9. While programs are free, visitors must display a valid day use pass or other park pass on all vehicles in the park. For the most current program information visit our website at www.nps.gov/whis, or call the park visitor center at 530-246-1225.

May 30, 2014
Beginning June 2, 2014 and continuing through approximately July 18, portions of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will close to provide for the safety of visitors as the park implements the Boulder Creek Forest Restoration project. A map of the closure areas will be posted at the Visitor Center, on the park website (http://www.nps.gov/whis), and at selected access points throughout the park. The following campsites, roads and trails are to be closed during this period: Campsite: The primitive campsite at Boulder Creek. Roads: Mill Creek Road, from South Shore Drive. Trails: The Boulder Creek Trail between the South Shore Drive and Mill Creek Road trailheads; Mill Creek Trail between the Mill Creek Road Trailhead and the three-way intersection adjacent to Mill Creek; and the Papoose Pass Trail at the Papoose Pass cutoff. Boulder Creek Falls will not be accessible during this project.

March 26, 2014
Take the Waterfall Challenge during Whiskeytown's Waterfall Week
This year the National Park Service invites visitors to “Go Wild for Waterfalls” and take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge during National Park Week Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27. This year the National Park Service has selected the theme “National Park Week: Go Wild,” and the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge is one of the many wild adventures you can have at national park sites across the country. A great way to begin the Waterfall Challenge is to join a park ranger for a free ranger-led hike to one of the park’s four major waterfalls. During Waterfall Week, hikes will be offered daily to Whiskeytown, Brandy Creek or Boulder Creek Falls at 9:00 a.m. and daily to Crystal Creek Falls which was recently redesigned to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards at 2 p.m. For the complete schedule and to make the required reservations, call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225. In celebration of “National Park Week: Go Wild!” Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20, will be a fee-free period for Whiskeytown and the 400 other national parks. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park system has something for everyone.

March 10, 2014
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is Recruiting Volunteers for 2014
Is Whiskeytown one of your favorite places to spend your free time? Do you enjoy helping others, sharing knowledge, learning new things, and developing new friendships? Would you like a chance to serve your community, support your park, and have fun at the same time? If so, we are offering you an opportunity to join Whiskeytown’s dedicated team of “Volunteers-in-Parks.”

Did You Know?

Phantom Orchid

Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.