The 2015 FREE summer ranger-led programs season begins on June 13th and will last until September 7th (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 Gerbic 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
Junior Ranger (1 hour) Saturdays at 10:00 am. Beginning June 13 for the summer season. A self led program is offered at the Visitor Center year round.
Children and adults of all ages (geared for ages 6 to 12) can learn about preserving and protecting park resources while making new friends during a special one-hour activity that explores the wonders of Whiskeytown. Download a Junior Ranger card before you come to Whiskeytown or stop by the visitor center to pick one up and ask how you can become a Whiskeytown Junior Ranger. Meet at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater.
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 6:30 pm (1.5 hrs) May 24 on Memorial Day Weekend and beginning June 14 through September 6 for the summer season
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.
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.