Your Dollars At Work

Oak Bottom Showers
New Oak Bottom Beach showers & restrooms were installed in 2015. NPS Photo.

The National Park Service collects Recreation Fees under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). Recreation Fees provide a vital source of revenue for improving facilities and services for park visitors. That means that the money you spend when you buy an entry pass is being put to use inside Whiskeytown NRA to make the park—and your visit—better. Some improvements take place behind-the-scenes, others may be a direct part of your park experience. Either way, all of these projects are important to the continued preservation of your national parks. Thanks to all of you that have paid an entrance fee or bought a park pass at Whiskeytown NRA.

How Are Entrance Fees Used?

Your entrance fees support a wide variety of visitor services at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Eighty percent of entrance fees, as well as camping and other fees, stay in Whiskeytown NRA to be used for improvements, repairs, and rehabilitation projects that directly affect visitors. The remaining 20 percent is shared among parks that cannot collect fees. Types of fee-funded projects include:

  • Repairs and improvements to trails, roads, buildings, campgrounds, and other assets used by visitors.
  • Stabilization and restoration of historic structures and cultural landscapes that enhance visitor experience.
  • Repair and replacement of signs and exhibits for a safe, enjoyable visit.
  • Natural resource protection to preserve the very things visitors come to the parks to experience.
Guardian Rock Trail
Freshly Paved Guardian Rock Trail to the Vista Point


2020 Fee Projects

  • Replace Failing Vault Toilet and Improve Accessibility at Horse Camp Primitive Campground
  • Repair Carr Fire Damage to Whiskeytown NRA Beaches
  • Renovate Whiskey Creek Day Use Group Picnic Area
Carr Power House Picnic Area
Carr Power House Picnic Area


2019 Fee Projects

Replace Carr Picnic Area Unsafe Sidewalks to Meet Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility (ABAAS)
Oak Bottom entrance following Carr Fire
Oak Bottom entrance sign following the Carr Fire


2018 Fee Projects

Projects were put on hold due to the Carr Fire
Accessible Ramp at Oak Bottom for Kayak Boarding
Construction of accessible ramp for Kayak boarding at Oak Bottom


2017 Fee Projects

  • Replace Oak Bottom Beach shade structures
  • Comprehensive Trail Management Plan
  • Re-route, maintain, and repair Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail
  • Build Oak Bottom kayak shed and accessible ramp
  • Davis Gulch Trail deferred maintenance
New boat slips at Oak Bottom
New boat slips at Oak Bottom


2016 Fee Projects

  • Addition of 18 boat dock slips at Oak Bottom
  • Rehab parking medians at Brandy Creek, Oak Bottom, and Whiskey Creek
  • Improve/pave Davis Gulch trailhead parking
Accessible water fountain
Accessible water fountain


2015 Fee Projects

  • Oak Bottom Beach showers and restrooms installed
  • Replace deteriorated drinking fountains & replace with accessible fountains
  • Maintenance of high use trails

Last updated: May 20, 2020

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Whiskeytown , CA 96095


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