Fees & Passes

Collection of entrance fees at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is temporarily suspended due to the recent Carr Fire and park closures.


All vehicles parked at Whiskeytown must display a valid entrance pass on the driver's side of the dashboard. Citations for failure to display a permit start at $130. By purchasing a pass, you are directly contributing to improvements at Whiskeytown.

You can now purchase your Whiskeytown Weekly and Annual passes online using your smart phone or tablet through Your Pass Now!

* Be sure to keep you Your Pass Now printed or digital receipt on your person or your smart device during your visit to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

The visitor center will remain open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days.

Please call the fee program office at (530) 242-3412 to inquire about available services.


  • $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 Annual Pass

Interagency Passes (Click Here):

  • America the Beautiful Annual
  • Senior, Access, or Volunteer Pass
  • Golden Age, Access Passports
  • Military Annual Pass

Other locations that sell Interagency Passes

The senior, Access, Military and $80 Annual Passes may be obtained at the two offices Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 (except major holidays):

US Forest Service office at 3644 Avtech Parkway (near the airport in the USDA Service Center) Phone: 530-226-2500

Bureau of Land Management office at 6640 Lockheed Dr., Redding (near the airport) Phone: 530-224-2100

ONLY the Senior and Access Passes may be obtained at these two offices from Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:30 (except major holidays):

Shasta Lake Ranger Station (not the visitor center, which is closed in winter) at 14225 Holiday Road (down the street from the visitor center) Phone: 530-275-1587

Weaverville Ranger Station at 360 Main Street in Weaverville Phone: 530-623-2121

Please note that the Shasta Dam visitor center does not sell any Interagency Passes.

Seven Day Entrance Passes may be purchased at eight pay-by-envelope stations throughout the park and at the Visitor Center.

Buy the $80 Interagency Pass on-line

Go to the United States Geological Survey website and pay by credit card: www.usgs.gov. Click on the link on the right side of the home page that says "Buy recreation passes."

Senior and Access Passes can be purchased by mail

Order forms are available at the visitor center or online at www.usgs.gov. There is an extra $10 charge for shipping and handling.


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

Mark Your 2018 Calendars for Fee Free Days at Whiskeytown!

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area joins national parks across the nation in waiving the entrance fees on 10 days in 2017. The following dates are fee free:*

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr.
  • April 21: First Day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.



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Last updated: August 30, 2018

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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