Waterfall Week Begins April 20th at Whiskeytown
Contact: Steve Thede, 530-242-3450
Contact: Clinton Kane, 530-242-3451
April 20 through April 26 has been designated “Waterfall Week” at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Activities will feature scheduled hikes to the three main waterfalls, on-site artists, and National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 26. In addition, there will be a fee-free day on Sunday, April 20 when the park will waive the normal entrance fee of $5.00.
“Waterfall Week” is timed to encourage visits to the park’s three major waterfalls during their peak flows, when snowmelt off of Shasta Bally Mountain provides the most water for spectacular displays of rushing whitewater,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone.
Free Ranger-Guided Hikes: A special moonlight hike to Whiskeytown Falls is scheduled before the week’s activities on Friday, April 18 at 6:30pm. Evening hikes to Whiskeytown Falls will be offered at 6pm Monday through Friday, April 21-25. Hikes to the different waterfalls will be offered at 9am on the weekends (April 19, 20, 26 and 27). To reserve a space for these hikes please call the Visitor Center (open daily from 10am to 4pm) at 246-1225. Space will be limited to twenty-five people. In addition, rangers and other park staff will be available to lead school and youth groups to Whiskeytown Falls through the spring season. Schools and youth groups are encouraged to call Ranger Clinton Kane at 530-242-3451 to reserve a date and time for group hikes to the Whiskeytown Falls.
National Junior Ranger Day April 26, 2008: This is a special opportunity for kids to enjoy a variety of nature and art activities with a ranger. The program also includes a short walk to a spectacular waterfall that has a very interesting history. Join park rangers for some fun and learn how you can help to preserve all of our natural and cultural resources for everyone to enjoy. A bag of cool items will be given to all participants that will get them started on becoming a full-fledged Junior Ranger. Programs start on the half hour from 11am until 3pm. Meet at the Crystal Creek Waterfall parking lot which is located off of Crystal Creek Road about 2 miles from Hwy 299 West.
Waterfall Stamp Card: Adults and children can obtain a free Waterfall Stamp Card at the Visitor Center or at the waterfall registration boxes located at the base of each waterfall. After signing the journal visitors can use a pencil to make a rubbing off a bronze plaque that is unique to each waterfall. Return your completed card with the rubbing from each of the three waterfalls to the Visitor Center. Everyone that hikes to all three of the waterfalls will receive a free waterfall poster. In addition, children can redeem their completed card at the Visitor Center for a certificate good at the City of Redding’s Aquatic Center to have one day of free swimming this summer!
Artist in the Parks: Visitors can meet local artists while they are painting and also get some helpful suggestions on how to improve their skills as an artist. Art materials will be available for anyone who wishes to try their hand at creating their own personal piece of artwork. Artists Bruce Davidson and Diana Troxell will be sharing their plein air techniques at Crystal Creek Falls on Sunday April 20, from 10am to 1pm. Photographer and former Artist in Residence Marissa Carlisle will offer her professional advice on ways to view the surrounding landscape in order to capture the ultimate photo at Whiskeytown Falls on Sunday April 20 from 10am to 1pm. On Saturday, April 26 visitors can join former guest Artist in the Park Debra Holland-Olson at Whiskeytown Falls from 10am to 1pm. On Sunday, April 27 artist Susan Greaves will be sharing her passion for painting at Crystal Creek Falls from 10am to 1pm. There will also be an at art exhibit at the Visitor Center by the Whiskeytown Plein Air group on Sunday April 27 from 10am to 2pm.
Handicap Accessible Waterfall: During Waterfall Week visitors with a valid entrance pass and a handicap vehicle placard will be allowed special entrance to the service access road to Lower Crystal Creek Falls. Please check in at the Visitor Center for instructions and a map on how to visit this beautiful waterfall just off of Crystal Creek Road. A picnic table and barbecue grill is available at the falls for all visitors to enjoy.
If you have questions regarding Waterfall Week, please contact Chief of Interpretation Steve Thede at 530-242-3450 or Superintendent Jim Milestone at 530-242-3460 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.