Ranger-Led Programs

* All ranger-led programs are cancelled indefinitely due to the Carr Fire *

The 2018 FREE summer ranger-led programs season begins on Saturday, June 9th and will last until Monday, September 3rd (Labor day).

Attending a ranger-led program is a great way for families and friends to learn about nature and cultural history while participating in fun and exciting outdoor activities. Please call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225 or Ranger Matt Switzer at (530) 242-3454 for the latest information on ranger-led programs.

Kayak Program Junior Firefighter Evening Astronomy Program
Moonlight Kayak Program Stand-Up Paddleboard Program Star Party with Shasta Astronomy Club

General Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Program Information

Reservations are required and can be made online through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777 up to two weeks in advance of a tour date.

A visitor thoroughly enjoying a kayak tour on Whiskeytown Lake

Kayak Program departing from Oak Bottom Marina (2.5 hours)
9:00 am programs - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
5:00 pm programs - Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Programs offered June 9 through September 3.

Hop on a tandem kayak with a friend and explore the quiet coves around Whiskeytown Lake while you learn more about the natural and cultural values of the park. Children must be at least six years old. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance beginning Monday, May 28th. To reserve your spot, go to recreation.gov.
Click here for rules and requirements.

Visitors enjoying the sunset on moonlight tour

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Moonlight Kayak Programs departing from Oak Bottom Marina (2.5 hours)
June 22-26 at 8:00 pm
July 22-26 at 8:00 pm
August 21-25 at 8:00 pm

Experience the dramatic changes in the landscape as you explore Whiskeytown Lake under the light of the moon. Reservations can be made two weeks in advance of the desired program by going to recreation.gov.
Click here for rules and requirements.

Whiskeytown SUP program
Whiskeytown SUP Program.


Stand-Up Paddleboard Program departing from Brandy Creek Beach (2 hours)
1:30 p.m. - Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
Programs offered from June 9 to September 3.

Join Whiskeytown rangers at beautiful Brandy Creek Beach to learn a new skill and experience the lake from a fresh perspective. Designed as an introduction to this popular sport, this one and-a-half hour, free program will introduce the basics of stand-up paddleboarding while encouraging healthy activity on Whiskeytown Lake. Paddleboards, paddles, and life jackets will be provided. Children must be at least 10 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance by going to recreation.gov.
Click here for rules and requirements.
A young child explores nature during the Junior Ranger Program
A young child explores nature during the Junior Ranger Program

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Junior Ranger Program
Due to staff shortages, a formal Junior Ranger Program will not be offered this summer. Watch for Rangers outside the visitor center and at the beaches throughout the summer for unscheduled Junior Ranger programs, talks, and activities too!
Pick up your Junior Ranger book at the visitor center and explore the wonders of Whiskeytown through this exciting new book! Children and adults of all ages (geared for ages 6 to 12) can learn about preserving and protecting park resources and earn their Junior Ranger badge.

Junior Firefighters learning about Whiskeytown's fire engine.
Junior Firefighters operating a fire engine

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Junior Firefighter (1 hour)
Saturdays at 11:00 am.
Beginning June 10 for the summer season.

Join National Park Service firefighters to learn how they manage fire to promote forest health and protect lives and property. Visitors will learn about the important role that fire plays in the ecosystems of our national parks during this hands-on activity. Participants who complete the program will earn a Junior Firefighter Badge. Meet at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater.
* Program subject to cancellation should Whiskeytown Fire crews be deployed to fight fires during the summer.

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The Andromeda galaxy.

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Evening Astronomy Programs (1 hour)
Friday evenings beginning June 16 at 9:00 pm
Spend the evening with local amateur astronomers and learn about wonders of the night sky. Discover the stories of the how ancient cultures used the sky to navigate and mark important seasonal changes. Learn about the challenges we face today as urban light pollution threatens the dark sky and find out what you can do to help. After a 30 minute presentation, the Shasta Astronomy Club will share their powerful telescopes and vast knowledge to assist visitors with their celestial gazing. Meet at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater for the first half of the program, star gazing will take place at the Oak Bottom Marina parking lot.

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Milky Way over Whiskeytown Lake.

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Star Party
Saturday sunset to midnight on 5/12, 5/19, 6/9, 6/16, 7/7, 7/14, 8/4, 8/11, 9/1 and 9/8 (weather permitting).

For up-to-date information and more Star Party dates throughout the year, visit their web site at www.shastaastronomyclub.org

Experience the splendor of the dark night sky! Because of its unique position nestled within mountain ranges and miles from urban light pollution, Whiskeytown is a great place to explore the heavens. The night constellations often elude urban dwellers; but at Whiskeytown, visitors are able to see deep into space aided by powerful telescopes provided by the passionate and knowledgeable Shasta Astronomy Club. Star Parties are held at the Oak Bottom Marina parking lot. As a courtesy, please dim your headlights on arrival if it is safe to do so.

Visitors on a tour of the historic home of Charles Camden.
Visitors on a tour of the historic home of Charles Camden

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Walk In Time (2 hours)
Due to staff shortages, the Walk in Time program will not be offered this summer. There will be an Open House at the Camden House on July 4th and on September 3rd.
Discover how pioneers/prospectors Charles Camden and Levi Tower reshaped the landscape to create a home for their families and an "oasis" for many travelers during and after the California Gold Rush. After a tour of the Camden house, built in 1852, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the area, then try your hand at finding gold the old-fashioned way-with a gold pan in the creek! Please bring a bottle of water and extra clothing if you choose to get wet.

Last updated: July 27, 2018

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P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown , CA 96095


(530) 242-3400

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