Picnic Areas and Beaches

Brandy Creek picnic site.
Brandy Creek picnic site.

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Picnic Areas

Visit Whiskeytown's beautiful shaded picnic areas with tables, fire grills and restrooms located at Brandy Creek, Oak Bottom and at the Whiskey Creek boat launch area. Large groups can reserve Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area located directly across the lake from the Whiskey Creek boat launch ramp. There is a picnic site at Crystal Creek Falls which has 2 sites. This site offers a beautiful view of Crystal Creek falls. The site is located on Crystal Creek Road approximately 2 miles south off Highway 299.

Handicap accessible picnic sites, fishing piers and beach access are located at Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek. Whiskey Creek also has an accessible fishing pier.

Do not feed wildlife - it is against the law and may result in a citation. Do not leave food unattended, store out of sight in a secured vehicle.

Sunbathers at Brandy Creek Beach.
Sunbathers at Brandy Creek Beach.

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Beaches and Swimming

Most visitors to Whiskeytown come for its cool, clear waters. Swimming, wading, and scuba diving takes place along the shorelines or at one of the parks designated beaches. Beaches are located at Oak Bottom, Brandy Creek and East Beach.

Swim at your risk in these areas. Know your limits and never swim alone. Watch children closely in and near water.

Pets are not allowed on the swim beaches, adjacent picnic areas and grounds or within the swim area buoys at Oak Bottom, Brandy Creek, East Beach or the Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area.

Visit Responsibly
Visit Responsibly


Picnic and Beach Areas

Updated: 05.20.20

Area Status Tables Grills Large
Garbage Recycling Drinking
Restrooms Notes
Brandy Creek Beach Open 9am - 8pm 54 35 Parking is limited to Parking Lot A and the Brandy Creek roadside gravel lot adjacent to JFK Memorial Drive
Brandy Creek Marina Open 7 4
Whiskey Creek Open 16 9
Dry Creek Group Camping Area Open 9am - 8pm beginning 05.22.20 This area is temporarily open for day use for picnicking and lake access
Clear Creek Picnic Area Open 6 5
Crystal Creek Falls Open 3 3 * Picnic area is .25 miles/.4 km down a paved trail from parking lot and restroom.
Carr Powerhouse Open 2 - * Large, open grassy area.
Oak Bottom Beach Open 20 13 * Beach store open in summer.
Oak Bottom Marina Open 7 -
Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area
Open for boat-in Day Use ONLY
No vehicle access
No reservations until further notice
1: 7
2: 4
3: 3
* Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area is a day-use area available only by reservation, and is open during the summer season.

Last updated: May 27, 2020

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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