Laws & Policies

Whiskeytown law enforcement ranger vehicle
Follow park rules and regulations so that you don't end up in the back of one of these - a Whiskeytown National Recreation Area law enforcement ranger vehicle.

Each year, several visitors go to jail, go to the hospital, or worse, because they didn't abide by park rules. Please be safe and please be responsible in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Don't become a statistic...

To ensure the safety of visitors, employees and park resources, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has enacted laws that come from the U.S. Department of the Interior
Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR) and from the Superintendent's Compendium. If you are unclear on any regulatory information, please review the information and links below. You may also contact the Chief Law Enforcement Ranger at 530-242-3413. Please help us protect the park and provide enjoyment for all visitors by abiding by all of Whiskeytown's rules and regulations.

Some Common Rules & Regulations of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

  • An Entrance Pass is required to visit the park.
  • Alcohol is not permitted at Brandy Creek Beach, Oak Bottom Beach, East Beach, and the Whiskey Creek Group Day Use Area Beach.
  • Dogs are required to be on leash within the park.
  • Dogs are not permitted at Brandy Creek Beach, Oak Bottom Beach, East Beach, and the Whiskey Creek Group Day Use Area Beach.
  • The use of marijuana is not permitted within Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
  • Drive cautiously and do not drive above posted speed limits.
  • Smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes are prohibited in the park except for in your vehicle, on your boat, in your campsite, or at the designated smoking areas at Brandy Creek Beach parking lot, Oak Bottom Beach parking lot, and the Visitor Center parking lot island.
  • On the water, individuals 13 years of age and older must have a lifejacket (personal flotation device) onboard with them on all vessels (this includes kayak and paddleboards).
  • On the water, individuals 12 years of age and younger must wear a lifejacket (personal flotation device) onboard with them on all vessels (this includes kayaks and paddleboards).
  • Several areas of the lake are closed to boating or have low speed limits (no wake zones). Please refer to the park map for details.
  • If you see something strange going on in the park, please call park dispatch at 530-242-3431.
  • In an emergency, dial 911.

Special Use Permits & Commercial Use Permits

Hunting
Hunting is prohibited on the following land areas within Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, as defined and drawn onto this geo referenced
map.

Refer to the maps for specific boundaries of areas impacted by these closures and restrictions. In all cases, hunting (as defined under 36 C.F.R. 1.4 (a)) and/or discharge of any weapon within 300 feet of any structure, designated camping area or other developed recreation site is prohibited. Hunting must abide by California laws.

 

Last updated: November 2, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

530 242-3400

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