November 08, 2017
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Shasta State Historic Park Partner for the Annual “Old Time Holiday” Celebration 2017
The National Park Service and California State Parks are gearing up for the annual “Old Time Holiday” celebration on Saturday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Follow in the footsteps of miners who in 1849, after preparing a holiday meal in Shasta, traveled to Whiskeytown to share their food and cheer! The events will take place at Shasta State Historic Park and the Tower House Historic District in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, both located along Highway 299, just west of Redding, California.
November 07, 2017
Whiskeytown Commemorates Veterans Day with Free Entrance Weekend 2017
On Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12, 2017, the National Park Service will honor all military veterans with free entrance to all 417 national park units, including Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, for everyone on Veterans Day.
October 23, 2017
Removal of Fee Boxes at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
During the last few months, the National Park Service has seen an increase in efforts to steal entrance fees from the fee boxes within Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. In an effort to better protect visitor fees, the pay-by-envelope boxes at Brandy Creek Beach, Brandy Creek Marina, Brandy Creek RV, Oak Bottom, and Whiskey Creek will be discontinued effective Monday, October 23, 2017.
October 03, 2017
2017 Fall Prescribed Burning at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to begin seasonal prescribed fire burning within the next several weeks. Although areas of local fire danger continue to persist along the Sacramento Valley and adjacent foothills, recent September showers and cooler temperatures have significantly reduced fire potential within the higher elevations in the park. The projects being proposed for prescribed fire this fall include the “Coggins Project”, which is a 212 acre unit located in the upper Crystal Creek drainage along County Line Road near Coggins Park, and the “Brandy Creek Project”, which is approximately 50 acres and located in upper Brandy Creek drainage near Sheep Camp.
September 06, 2017
The Friends of Whiskeytown’s Brandy Creek Beach Luau is Cancelled Due to the Numerous Wildfires, Unpredictable Weather Conditions and Unhealthy Smoke at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Due to smoky conditions at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area resulting from surrounding wildfires, the Brandy Creek Beach Luau scheduled for this Saturday, September 9th, has been cancelled. This is an outdoor event sponsored by the Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc. that involves an evening on the beach with tropical-themed decorations and a Hawaiian-style Luau. This would have been the 8th Annual Luau event, which is the primary fund-raising event for the Friends of Whiskeytown. Proceeds support park projects and programs, like the park’s free kayak and standup paddleboard programs.
September 02, 2017
Hot, Smoky Conditions at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Due to smoky conditions at Whiskeytown resulting from surrounding wildfires, boating and water based-activities are NOT advised. The visibility at the park is about a 1/2 mile, and has created unsafe conditions resulting in accidents on the water. All outdoor ranger-led programs have been cancelled for Saturday due to smoke. Anyone planning to attend ranger-led programs through Tuesday, September 5 should check the Whiskeytown NRA Website and Facebook postings regularly for status updates. https://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm, https://www.facebook.com/WhiskeytownNationalRecreationArea
August 31, 2017
Celebrate the Fall Season at Whiskeytown’s 7th Harvest Festival
The National Park Service and California State Parks invite you to join us for the 7th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 16th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Tower House Historic District and Shasta State Historic Park. At Whiskeytown, you’ll find a fun and family-friendly event which will feature the tasting of unique apple varieties, crafts and games for all ages, and light refreshments provided by the Friends of Whiskeytown. Additionally, there will be fiddle music from the Old Time Fiddlers, horse packing and “Leave No Trace” demonstrations presented by the Backcountry Horsemen of California, and the festival will feature orchard tours by renowned arborist Rico Montenegro. Shasta State Historic Park will feature family-friendly pioneer games, cornhusk doll making, arts and crafts, and a blacksmith demonstration.
August 22, 2017
Book Signing at Whiskeytown Visitor Center - Monday, September 4th, 2017
Matt and Karen Smith, co-authors of the book Dear Bob and Sue will be available to meet visitors, sign books, and answer questions at the park’s visitor center located on State Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive on Monday, September 4, 2017. The event will last from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon; light refreshments will be served.
August 12, 2017
2017 Solar Eclipse Event at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, invites visitors to the park to witness the partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017. The event will be held at the Oak Bottom boat launch parking lot and will commence at 9:00 AM and end at 11:00 AM. The eclipse will begin around 9:15 AM when the moon first starts to pass between the sun and the Earth, and reach maximum eclipse around 10:20 AM.
August 08, 2017
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Proposes Entrance Fee Increase
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will hold a town hall meeting to discuss a possible fee increases in 2018.
August 03, 2017
2017 Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Brandy Creek Beach
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday evening, August 12, 2017. Knowledgeable and passionate amateur astronomers will assist in meteorite viewing and provide telescopes to view the moon, planets, and other astronomical wonders during what is often considered the most brilliant meteor shower of the year. Family-friendly activities will include ranger-led solar system walks, a Super Space Scavenger Hunt, and opportunities to earn a Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch!
August 02, 2017
Temporary Closure of Peltier Valley Road and Peltier Bridge Campground
Peltier Valley Road and Peltier Bridge Campground will be closed Thursday, August 10th through Friday, August 11th, 2017 and on Tuesday, August 14th and Wednesday, August15th. The road will be closed between Paige Bar Road (across from the Mt. Shasta Mine Loop parking lot) to the west side of the Campground. Peltier Bridge Campground will be open for camping on Saturday, August 12th. The Bureau of Reclamation staff and contractors will be trucking gravel and equipment to select sites along Clear Creek to inject spawning gravel to improve anadromous fish habitat.
July 27, 2017
Symphony on the Beach 2017
On the evening of August 26th, 2017, the National Park Service invites your family to experience music in the great outdoors on Brandy Creek Beach at the Symphony on the Beach. The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a Wintu blessing given by James Hayward (Redding Rancheria), food vendors, and activities for kids. At 8:00 p.m., the Shasta Symphony will begin its performance by conductor Dr. Dwayne Corbin, featuring vocalist JennyRebecca Winans. This is a free event and open to the public.
July 11, 2017
Explore the Amazing World of Bats At Whiskeytown!
The National Park Service is proud to present two evenings of the amazing world of bats on Thursday, July 20th and Saturday, July 22nd at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater. The evening will consist of a 20 minute interactive presentation full of cool bat facts followed by a unique opportunity to see and hear the echolocation calls of bats in your neighborhood! Led by interns with the National Park Service Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring Program, this presentation begins at 8:00 p.m. and will continue until after dark, about 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Come prepared for a short presentation and discussion about local bats at the Amphitheater, followed by a 30-40 minute walk in the vicinity of the campground using the latest acoustic technology to see and hear bats as they fly overhead. Wear good walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight or headlamp (one that includes a red light setting is best). For the best chance of hearing bats, expect 1.5 hours.
June 20, 2017
Junior Lifeguard Program and Waterfront Lifeguard Training 2017
The Junior Lifeguard Program at Whiskeytown is designed to instruct youth 10 years of age and up in water and beach safety and to gain skills in aquatics, along with instilling a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. The purpose of the Waterfront Lifeguarding course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies both in a pool and in a waterfront environment. The course content and activities prepare participants to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and to prevent drowning and injuries. We also hope to improve the fitness of youth and train future lifeguards.
June 18, 2017
Theft of Government Property
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area would like to request the assistance of the local community in identifying two possible male suspects involved with the vandalism and theft of a government camera that occurred June 2nd, 2017.
June 14, 2017
Re-opening of Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce the re-opening of the historic Crystal Creek Water Ditch Trail!
June 09, 2017
Head to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on the Beach Bus
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area invites you to catch a ride to Brandy Creek Beach on the Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA) Beach Bus! Thanks to a 2017 Dignity Health Community Grant received by the Friends of Whiskeytown, visitors can now ride the bus from Redding to Whiskeytown for $1.50 each way and children under 6 years of age get to ride for free.
June 05, 2017
Public Scoping Comment Period Extended for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Trail Management Plan
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is seeking public input on the park’s Trail Management Plan and associated Environmental Analysis. The purpose of the plan is to define a designated trail system within the park to guide trail management, investment in trail infrastructure, and visitor use. The plan is needed to improve and diversify recreation opportunities, improve connectivity between features of interest inside the park and with regional trail systems, evaluate and eliminate or restore social/illegal trails and unsustainable or underutilized routes, and protect park resources. The public scoping comment period for the plan and Environmental Assessment has been extended until June 23rd, 2017. This extension is necessary because the National Park Service’s planning websites (PEPC.nps.gov and parkplanning.nps.gov) will be offline for six days, from May 31st until June 5th. Due to this inconvenience, the park is extending the opportunity to comment.
May 24, 2017
Continuation of Buck Prescribed Burn Project
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to continue prescribed burn activities within the 54-acre Buck Project Area beginning on May 26th, 2017. The total size of this prescribed burn unit is 757 acres and is made up of a mixture of pine, oak woodland, and shrub species. It is located along the eastern park boundary, and borders both lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and private property owners, just to the west of the community of Shasta. This new project area will extend from the East Boundary Project Area (located to the south of Muletown Road) to the Mule Mountain portion of the BLM Swasey Recreation Area.
May 15, 2017
2017 Ranger-guided Activities Offered on Memorial Day Weekend
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will offer a variety of ranger-guided activities during the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th. Activities will include the ever-popular Kayak programs, a “Walk-in-Time” excursion at the Tower House Historic District, and Stand-Up Paddleboard programs! Kayak and paddlboard programs require a reservation and can be made by calling (530) 242-3462 Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. No reservations are required for the Walk-in-Time Program. Descriptions of the Memorial Day weekend and summer season interpretive programs are available on the park website: https://www.nps.gov/whis/planyourvisit/rangerprograms.htm.
May 11, 2017
Visiting Artist Ron Larson to Paint at Whiskeytown Visitor Center Saturday, May 13, 2017
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area- Visiting artist Ron Larson will be available to meet as he paints at the park’s visitor center located on State Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive. Mr. Larson will be painting from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon this Saturday, May 13, 2017. Mr. Larson is this week’s Artist-in-Residence and was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Please stop by and see a master artist create his work!
May 08, 2017
Public Scoping and Open House for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area's Trail Management Plan
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will be having a public scoping meeting and open house in regards for a Trail Management Plan and associated Environmental Analysis on Thursday, May 25th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall. The City Hall Community Room is located at 777 Cypress Avenue in Redding.
May 05, 2017
Climate Connections - Teacher Professional Development Workshop!
The Crater Lake National Park Science & Learning Center is offering a teacher workshop focused on how climate connects our national parks to our classrooms! This is a great opportunity to explore the seven national park units within the Klamath Network: Crater Lake National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Tule Lake Unit-WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument, Redwood National and State Parks, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
May 05, 2017
Whiskeytown Paint Out! 2017
The National Park Service working in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown and Redding Bank of Commerce is hosting a Paint Out! at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The Paint Out! will include a plein air painting competition, art show, and sale. Artists working in the mediums of oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and pencil have been invited to compete. Painters from Mt. Shasta to San Francisco will arrive on Friday to have their clean canvases officially stamped before proceeding into the field to paint over the following two days.
April 14, 2017
Friends of Whiskeytown is Awarded a Dignity Health Community Grant
The Friends or Whiskeytown, Inc. was awarded a Dignity Health Community Grant to support park projects in 2017! Mercy Medical Center Redding has awarded $175,100 to fund non-profit organizations that support Mercy’s vision and values of improving health status and the quality of life of local communities. The Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc. was one of the five recipients of these funds to help provide educational and physical activity opportunities to children and families on through park activities. The $38,557 will provide a scholarship for approximately 60 kids to attend WES Camp, help support the transportation to Brandy Creek on the Beach Bus with RABA, and will assist in the purchasing of new kayaks and life jackets.
April 01, 2017
Whiskeytown Waterfall Week 2017
The National Park Service invites visitors to “Find Your Waterfall” by taking the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge during National Park Week, which begins Saturday, April 15th and runs through Sunday, April 23rd. Visitors can complete the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge on their own by obtaining a free Waterfall Challenge Passport at the visitor center or by obtaining one on a ranger-led hike. With the passport, visitors can hike to Brandy Creek, Boulder Creek, Crystal Creek and Whiskeytown Falls and stop at the trail register located at the base of each waterfall. Each register has a unique plaque which visitors can use to create a colored impression within their passport. Once all four waterfalls are complete, visitors can then return the passport to the visitor center to receive their completion stamp and a special gift (while supplies last). The challenge can be completed during multiple visits, or, finish them all in one day for bragging rights.
March 31, 2017
Prescribed Burning Activity at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will plan to continue prescribed fire activities within the East Boundary Project along the Shasta Divide from April 4th through 6th, 2017. Approximately 66 acres of pine and oak woodland are planned for second prescribed burn treatment over the 3 day period. Based on weather forecasts, smoke impacts to the local area are expected to be minimal and of short duration with rain expected by late next week. The primary goal of the East Boundary Project, located above the community of Shasta, is to use prescribed fire and mechanical treatments to protect communities within the wildland urban interface with a proactive approach that recognizes fire as part of a healthy, sustainable ecosystem.
March 13, 2017
Spring Prescribed Burning Projects at Whiskeytown
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to resume prescribed understory burning activities along the east boundary of the park within the East Boundary and Buck project areas. These project areas are approximately 100 – 300 acres in size, and are located along the Shasta Divide above the communities of Shasta and Centerville.
February 01, 2017
2017 Artist-in-Residence Program Call to Plein Air Artists
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown, is pleased to announce the 15th year of hosting an Artist-in-Residence program. The park is seeking established professional Plein Air artists with a history of exhibiting work to apply for this year’s residencies. The 2017 program theme is to paint scenes of people either enjoying or working at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This would include visitors enjoying the beach or hiking to one of the park’s waterfalls to park rangers and maintenance workers conducting their daily work. The theme is a suggestion and not a requirement to participate in this year’s program. Application period is open through Februrary 28, 2017.
January 17, 2017
Fruit Tree Restoration Workshop
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to invite the public to attend a fruit tree restoration workshop at the Camden House with Certified Arborist/Horticulturist, Rico Montenegro. This workshop is hands-on and will focus on learning the tools and techniques needed to restore old and neglected trees. This is an opportunity to learn basic pruning techniques, then to begin to develop pruning skills through applying these techniques to select trees in the park’s historic orchards.