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...

Whiskeytown Lake sunset

Current Conditions

COVID and Carr Fire: Oh My! But much of the park is open...

Trail through Whiskeytown woods

Take a Hike or Hop on Your Mountain Bike

Dozens of miles of trails await the hiker, trail runner, mountain biker, and horseback rider.

Park maintenance staff rebuilding a footbridge within Tower House Historic District

Restoring and Reopening Whiskeytown

Since the Carr Fire of 2018, park staff have been working hard to rebuild lost infrastructure and reopen the park safely.

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

Gold, Reclamation, and Recreation

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

A campsite at Peltier Bridge Campground

Easy Does It...Relax and Go Camping

Oak Bottom Tent Campground, Brandy Creek RV Campground (no hook-ups), Horse Camp Primitive Campground, and more.

Purchase Your Park Pass Online

Purchase Your Park Pass Online

An Entrance Pass is required to visit Whiskeytown. Purchase your seven-day or annual pass on your cell phone at recreation.gov.

Visit the Park Store Online

Visit the Park Store Online

Western National Parks Association, an official educational partner of the park, sells merchandise electronically.

Last updated: February 11, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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