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Reservations are not required to enter Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, but are required for camping. You can pay the park entrance fee upon arrival at the visitor center (open year-round except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day), or online through

Oak Bottom camping reservations can be made by calling 1-530-359-2269.

Primitive camping at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area campsites can be made through or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Free summer ranger-led kayak and paddleboard program reservations can be made through or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Special Park Use Permits

What types of activities require a special park use permit?

  • Special Events: Weddings, memorial services, sporting events and gatherings of 25 people or more, etc., require of permit. More
  • First Amendment Activities: Religious services, distribution and/or sales of printed matter, political speeches, demonstrations and collection of signatures for a petition, etc., require a permit. More

Commercial Use Authorizations:

Guided fishing trips, watercraft rentals, scuba diving classes, photography workshops, etc., require a permit. More

Commercial Filming and Photography Permits:

Digital or film recording of a visual image or sound recording by a person, business, or other entity for a market audience, such as for a documentary, television or feature film, advertisement, or similar project require a permit.

If a person or object serves as the subject for commercial filming or still photography for the purposes of promoting sales or use of a product or service, a permit is required. More

Scientific Research Permits:

All studies in Whiskeytown NRA, large or small, must have their own Research & Collecting Permit which is obtained through a proposal and review process that requires approximately 90 days. More...

Last updated: September 21, 2020

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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