A Clean, Clear Lake and Much, Much More

Whiskeytown Lake’s crystal-clear water is perhaps the most recognized feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a part of what the 42,000-acre Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has to offer. Visit waterfalls, hike through rugged mountains, explore California Gold Rush history, and observe post-fire ecology in action. Your national park is calling...

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Hit the Trail!

Trails to waterfalls, trails along the lakeshore, trails in Clear Creek Gorge, and more. This winter and spring, seek a path.

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An Entrance Pass is Required

An Entrance Pass is required to visit Whiskeytown. Purchase your seven-day or annual pass at the Visitor Center or online.

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Be Safe and Respect the Law

For a positive and safe park experience, abide by these common rules and regulations.

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Go Camping

Oak Bottom Tent Campground is right on the lake, Sheep Camp is nestled in a grove of conifers on Brandy Creek...

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Waterfalls of Whiskeytown

Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown Falls, and Crystal Creek Falls. Which one is right for you?

President John F. Kennedy dedicating Whiskeytown Dam, September 28, 1963.

Park History

The Wintu, a gold mining town with a colorful name, and President Kennedy's last visit to California. Explore the park's rich history.

Tent, wooden picnic table, and metal fire ring amidst conifer trees at Sheep Camp.

Park Nature

Nestled in the Klamath Mountains, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located in a hotspot of biological diversity.

Last updated: January 27, 2023

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


530 242-3400

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