Basic Information

14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095

Car From Interstate 5, take the 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. Plane Commercial air service is available to Redding California located approximately 16 miles from Whiskeytown. Rental vehicles are available.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Hours The Visitor Center is open daily except on Wednesday, November 21st the Visitor Center will close at at 1 p.m. In addition to November 25th and 26th for Thanksgiving, December 10 from 11:30 to 2:30, December 24th and 25th for Christmas, December 31st and January 1st for New Years Day. •Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasons The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.

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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.

Entrance Fees:

Seven Day Entrance Pass - $10.00

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.

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.

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: September 12, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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