Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Many people come to Whiskeytown to enjoy the refreshing, cool, clear-blue water in its reservoir, known as Whiskeytown Lake. Swimming, sailing, kayaking and fishing are popular activities on the lake, but water sports are only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake contain over 70 miles of trails that meander through oak woodlands, conifer forests and along year-round streams. Four trails take you to breath-taking waterfalls. Whiskeytown is a great place to camp, birdwatch, mountain bike and picnic. Visit historic water ditches or taste apples in the historic orchard outside the 1852 Camden house and explore the history of the California Gold Rush. You can even try your hand at gold panning and experience the excitement when you see that first flash of shiny metal in your pan! Come explore your park – the lake, historic areas, and mountain landscape ensure fun for the entire family!
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