The 2014 FREE summer ranger-led programs season begins on June 14th and will last until September 1st (Labor day). Attending a ranger-led program is a great way for families and friends to learn about nature and cultural history while participating in fun and exciting outdoor activities. Please call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225 or Ranger Jeff at (530) 242-3421 for the latest information on ranger-led programs. For upcoming special park events, click on Schedule of Events.
General Kayak Information: Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks in advance of a tour date by calling (530) 242-3462. Volunteers are usually available to take your call from 9 am to 1 pm on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. Reservation can only be made by talking directly to a kayak volunteer. However, due to the popularity of the kayak programs, you may not always be able to get through and unfortunately left messages will not secure a spot on a kayak tour. Please keep trying or call back at a less busy time. Your patience towards the park volunteers is greatly appreciated.
Kayak Program departing from Brandy Creek Beach (2.5 hours)
Moonlight Kayak Programs departing from Brandy Creek Beach (2.5 hours)
Special Access Kayak Program departing from Brandy Creek Beach (2 hours)
Junior Ranger Kayak Program departing from Brandy Creek Beach (1.5 hours)
Junior Ranger (1 hour)
Junior Firefighter (1 hour)
Evening Astronomy Programs (1 hour)
Walk In Time (2 hours)
Remembering Whiskeytown - A Historical Cemetery Tour of Whiskeytown's Pioneers and Past, Sunday evenings July 20 through September 7 starting at 6:30p.m. (1.5 hours)
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.
To reach the Whiskeytown Cemetery from Redding, turn left onto J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive. Proceed past the Visitor Center about 1.5 miles then turn left on Paige Bar Road (do not cross the dam). Continue south on the Paige Bar Road approximately 1.5miles. Whiskeytown Cemetery is located on the left, just south of the large Mount Shasta Mine Trailhead parking lot. The Whiskeytown day use pass is not required to visit Whiskeytown Cemetery. Please call Jeffrey Gerbic at (530) 242-3421 for more information about this program.
New Riparian Zone Water Quality Program
Come explore riparian habitats and learn about the importance of water quality. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has numerous healthy riparian zones. Riparian zones are critically important because they store and purify water, reduce damage from floodwaters, and provide habitat for wildlife and people. Unfortunately, riparian zones can be threatened by human influences. Join a Ranger for fun hands-on activities at Brandy Creek. These activities will relate to water quality testing, watersheds, macroinvertebrates, and how humans can help protect riparian zones.
The program will run Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. through Labor Day. Meet at the Brandy Creek Beach entrance, in the dirt parking lot near the restrooms. The program is limited to the first fifteen visitors and is directed towards families with children. Participants must be able to navigate uneven terrain, as the program will take place along Brandy Creek. For questions call (530) 242-5154.
Water Safety Demonstration (30 minutes)
Learn how to stay safe in and around the water, as well as how to rescue someone from a safe distance. Join a ranger for this fun and educational demonstration at Brandy Creek Beach and Oak Bottom Beach.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown is home to four nesting pairs of Bald Eagles.