Fees & Passes

 

New Passes Available Starting in November 2020

Special Voucher for 5th Graders - Free

Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. So a new voucher is now available for 5th grade students and their families which provides free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior. The voucher is good for the 2020-2021 school year from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021. For more information or to download the voucher, visit https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm.

Passes for Veterans & Gold Star Families - Free

Beginning on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests. The free access program is a way to thank America’s veterans and Gold Star families for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters. For more information on the program and how to obtain free entrance, please visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm.


WHISKEYTOWN ENTRANCE FEES

All park visitors are required to possess an entrance pass (a physical pass or a digital pass) at all times of the year and all times of the day or night.

Effective December 1, 2019 the Whiskeytown visitors center will only accept credit or debit cards for all sales that take place on the NPS registers at the Whiskeytown visitor center.
We recognize that certain visitors will not be able to pay with a credit /debit card, and for those, we have an agreement in place with the Western National Parks Association (WNPA), which has a register at the visitors center, allowing them to accept cash for Whiskeytown Seven Day ($15 to $25) and 2020 Whiskeytown/Lassen Volcanic Annual Passes ($55) as well as the America the Beautiful Federal Lands and Recreation Annual Pass ($80). The stores at Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek Beach will accept cash as well as credit and debit for pass sales.

Please call the fee program office at (530) 242-3412 if you have any questions about entrance passes.

Entrance Pass Types

Seven Day Passes

Seven day passes are valid only at Whiskeytown NRA. They may be upgraded to annual passes while valid (within 7 days).

  • $25 Vehicle
  • $20 Motorcycle
  • $15 Pedestrian (walk-in, bicycle or public transportation)
Digital Pass Icon with link
Click on the image to buy your pass online

Recreation.gov

Purchase Your Entrance Pass Online

You can now purchase a Whiskeytown Weekly or Whiskeytown/Lassen Annual Pass at home from your computer or smart device or on-the-go with your smart phone.
 

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2021 Whiskeytown/Lassen Volcanic Annual Pass
2021 Whiskeytown/Lassen Volcanic Annual Pass

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Annual Passes

Whiskeytown NRA/Lassen Volcanic NP - 2021 Annual Pass

Cost $55 (U.S. Dollars)
Valid at both Whiskeytown NRA and Lassen Volcanic NP for twelve months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to both parks. It admits the purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or the purchaser and accompanying immediate family (spouse, children, parents) when entry is by other means (bus, bicycle, and foot).

This pass covers entrance fees only and is not refundable and/or transferable.

 
2021 America the Beautiful Annual Pass
2021 America the Beautiful Annual Pass

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America the Beautiful - 2021 Annual Pass

Cost $80 (U.S. Dollars)

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass, available to the general public, provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee - for a year - beginning from the date of sale. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the visitors center, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass

 
2021 Annual Senior Pass
America the Beautiful - 2021 Annual Senior Pass

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America the Beautiful - 2021 Annual Senior Pass

$20 (U.S. Dollars)

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
This is a annual pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the visitors center.

The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Learn more about the annual senior passes here.

 
2021 Annual Military Pass
America the Beautiful - 2021 Annual Military Pass

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America the Beautiful - 2021 Annual Pass for Active Duty Military, Veterans and Gold Star Families

Free

For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173), Veterans with proper identification (Department of Defense Identification Card, Veteran Health Identification Card, Veteran ID Card or Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card) and Gold Star Families.
The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the visitors center.

Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military
More information for veterans and Gold Star Families

 
2020 - 2021 Annual "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass
2020 - 2021 Annual "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass

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Annual "Every Kid Outdoors" 4th Grade Pass

Free

Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid "Every Kid Outdoors" paper voucher. The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September through August).

Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website and those vouchers may be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at the visitors center or at federal recreation sites that charge entrance fees or amenity fees. The 4th grader must be present with a printed copy of the voucher in order to obtain the pass.

 
America the Beautiful Senior Pass - Lifetime
America the Beautiful Senior Pass - Lifetime

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Lifetime Passes

America the Beautiful - Senior Pass

$80 (U.S. Dollars)

National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Learn more about the lifetime senior passes here.

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.
The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the visitors center.

The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the America the Beautiful Senior Pass

 
America the Beautiful - Access Pass
America the Beautiful - Access Pass

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America the Beautiful - Access Pass

Free
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

Replaced: Golden Access Passport - May be exchanged free of charge.
Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the visitors center.

The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the Access Pass

 

Where to Buy Entrance Passes

Online at recreation.gov (local annual and seven day passes ONLY at this link)

  • Interagency passes such as the Senior, Access, Annual, Military and Fourth Grade are NOT available here.
  • Purchase a digital pass on recreation.gov – fast and simple! No waiting in line at a store when you would rather be spending time at the beach or on a trail.
  • Your digital pass is valid for one owner and one vehicle only. Park rangers verify the digital pass by entering the license plate number of your vehicle into a smart phone app or website.

Stores operated by our concessionaire (local annual and seven day passes ONLY at these locations)

  • Interagency passes such as the Senior, Access, Annual, Military and Fourth Grade are NOT available here.
  • Locations: Oak Bottom Campground, Oak Bottom Marina, Oak Bottom Beach and Brandy Creek Beach.
  • Click on this link to check on the open days and hours for these stores.

Whiskeytown Visitor Center

2021 Fee Free Days

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area joins national parks across the nation in waiving the entrance fees on 6 days in 2021. The following dates are entrance fee free:
  • Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 17 First Day of National Park Week
  • Wednesday, August 4 One year anniversary of the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Wednesday, August 25 National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 25 National Public Lands Day
  • Thursday, November 11 Veterans Day
Follow this link for more information on National Park Fee-Free Days

Academic Entrance Fee Wavier

Groups from bona fide educational institutions are eligible for an entrance fee waiver if they are coming to study park resources. Requests should be sent at least 2 weeks in advance of visit using the form below.

Application for Academic Fee Waiver

Follow this link for information on Special Use Permits and Reservations

Last updated: January 5, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095

Phone:

(530) 242-3400

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