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Whiskeytown Lake was created by diverting water through tunnels and penstocks, from the Trinity River Basin to the Sacramento River Basin.
The most prominent landmark within the Recreation Area is Shasta Bally (elevation 6,209 feet). The summit may be reached on foot and by 4-wheel drive vehicle, but is closed in the winter.
As the only one (of the three) units administered by the National Park Service, personal watercraft are prohibited on Whiskeytown Lake, but are allowed on the Shasta and Trinity Units of the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area which are administered by the US Forest Service.
Lake based recreational opportunities are Whiskeytown’s primary focus during the hot and dry summer months, including Whiskeytown’s popular free kayak tours!
. Other Ranger-guided programs are also offered during the summer months with year-round recreational opportunities also becoming more popular.
Whiskeytown Lake includes 36 miles of shoreline and 3,200 surface acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related and other activities including:
- Water skiing and Wake Boarding
- Scuba diving
- Long distance swimming
- Mountain biking
- Horseback riding
- Trail running
- Bird watching
- Wildlife viewing
- Exploring California's 1849 Gold Rush history and remains