Basic Information

By Car: From Interstate 5, take Highway 44 West exit toward Downtown Redding and Eureka. From Downtown Redding, follow Highway 299 West toward Eureka for approximately 8 miles to reach the visitor center.

By Plane: Commercial air service is available to Redding, California, located approximately 16 miles from Whiskeytown. Rental cars are available.

Whiskeytown NRA is in a Mediterranean climate, which means hot, dry summers followed by cool, wet winters. Summer temperatures often reach the upper 90's to lower 100 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as the occasional thunderstorm. Winter brings snow to the upper elevations (only occasionally down to the lake level of 1,200'), and rain and ice.

Fees

  • $10.00 Week - Walk-in/Bicycle/Public Transit - Valid at Whiskeytown for 7 days from date of purchase.
  • $15.00 Week - Motorcycle - Valid at Whiskeytown for 7 days from date of purchase.
  • $20.00 Week - Private Vehicle - Valid at Whiskeytown for 7 days from date of purchase.
  • $40.00 - Whiskeytown Annual Pass - Valid for one year from month of purchase. The Whiskeytown Annual Pass is also valid for entrance into Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Other valid passes include:

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park Annual Pass
  • Interagency Passes:
    • America the Beautiful Annual Pass
    • Senior, Access, or Volunteer Pass
    • Gold Age, Access Passports
    • Military Annual Pass
    • Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass

Entrance Fees:

Walk-in / Bicycle / Public Transit Entrance Pass - $10.00

This pass gives access to the park for one individual to enter on foot, by bicycle, or by public transit. It is valid for seven days and can be applied towards an Annual pass until two weeks after purchase.

Motorcycle Entrance Pass - $15.00

This pass gives access to the park for one motorcycle. It is valid for seven days and can be applied towards an Annual pass until two weeks after purchase.

Seven Day Entrance Pass - $20.00

This pass gives access to the park for one vehicle. It is valid for seven days and can be applied towards an Annual pass until two weeks after purchase. Passes can be purchased online with your computer or smart phone/tablet at: YourPassNow - https://www.yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/whis Pay.gov - https://pay.gov/public/search/global?searchString=whiskeytown&formToken=d16de3be-da6d-4528-9e45-9f4e7a038355

Whiskeytown Annual Pass - $40.00

This pass is good for one year after purchase, it covers one vehicle and is valid at Lassen National Park. Passes can be purchased online with your computer or smart phone/tablet at: YourPassNow - https://www.yourpassnow.com/ParkPass/park/whis Pay.gov - https://pay.gov/public/search/global?searchString=whiskeytown&formToken=d16de3be-da6d-4528-9e45-9f4e7a038355

Entrance Passes:

America the Beautiful Annual Pass - $80.00

Available to everyone - may be purchased in the following manner: - federal recreation sites - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf) - by phone at 888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) extension 3 (hours of operation are: 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time) - online at the USGS store - https://store.usgs.gov/pass

Annual Pass for U.S. Military - $0.00

Available FREE for current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members - may be obtained in the following manner: - federal recreation sites by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173) - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf)

Annual 4th Grade Pass - $0.00

Available FREE for U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled/free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass (valid for duration of 4th grade year) - may be obtained in the following manner: - paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website (https://www.everykidinapark.gov/) and exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade pass at federal recreation sites - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf)

Lifetime Senior Pass - $80.00

Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over (must provide proof of age and residency/citizenship) - may be purchased in the following manner: - federal recreation sites - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf) - by phone at 888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) extension 3 (hours of operation are: 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time) - online at the USGS store - https://store.usgs.gov/pass

Annual Senior Pass - $20.00

Available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over (must provide proof of age and residency/citizenship) - may be purchased in the following manner: - federal recreation sites - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf) - by phone at 888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) extension 3 (hours of operation are: 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time) - online at the USGS store - https://store.usgs.gov/pass

Access Pass - $0.00

Available FREE to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities (must provide proof of disability and residency/citizenship) - may be purchased in the following manner: - federal recreation sites - list of sites that issue passes (https://store.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/PassIssuanceList.pdf) - by phone at 888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) extension 3 (hours of operation are: 8 am to 4 pm Mountain Time)

Whiskeytown Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is a great place to start when you arrive in the park. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers will help you maximize your visit. The visitor center is located and the intersection of John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive and CA Highway 299. The visitor center provides information, a variety of use permits, natural and cultural history exhibits, and ADA accessible California native garden, as well as books, maps, and souvenir items for sale.

 

Whiskeytown offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for you and your family year-round. Kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming and water skiing are some of the favorite activities one can experience within the cool, clear waters of Whiskeytown Lake.

Visitors may also inquire about gold panning and historic mine tours at the Visitor Center. Learn about campgrounds and purchase visitor passes. Books, maps and postcards may also be purchased at the bookstore.

Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Phone: (530) 246-1225

Last updated: March 12, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

(530) 242-3400

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