Summertime 2023 interpretive programs!!! Whiskeytown is offering a robust set of ranger-led programs!!! This year's summer program schedule runs from June through September. Program descriptions including schedule is below. For questions or for special requests, email Whiskeytown Information at e-mail us.
KAYAK TOUR 9 am and 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday Pre-Registration Required
Hop on one of the park's tandem kayaks with a friend or family member and explore the quiet coves of Whiskeytown Lake with an interpretive park ranger. Children must be six years of age or older. No prior kayak experience needed. Lifejackets provided and required to be worn for this 2.5 hour program. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance at recreation.gov. To allow as many visitors as possible the chance to get out on the water with us, please reserve a spot only if you actually plan on attending.
PADDLE BOARD TOUR 1:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Designed for visitors with little or no previous experience on a paddleboard, a ranger will teach the basics to help you gain confidence with this popular activity. Children must be 10 years of age or older. Participants should be capable of kneeling on a hard surface and should be able to rise to a standing position from a kneeling position without assistance. Plan on falling in! Lifejackets provided and required to be worn. One and a half-hour program. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance atrecreation.gov.
PATIO BOAT TOUR 10 am on Fridays
Tour the sparkling waters of Whiskeytown Lake on a relaxing patio boat tour with a park ranger. Learn the story of the reservoir, explore park geology, and enjoy the views! Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance at recreation.gov. To allow as many visitors as possible the chance to get out on the water with us, please reserve a spot only if you actually plan on attending. Note: private patio boat tours on Thursday mornings are available for senior citizen groups and other under-served audiences; to schedule, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNIOR RANGERS 12 noon Saturdays at the Oak Bottom Marina Amphitheater.
Children and families can learn all about the park and make new friends during this interactive program with an interpretive park ranger. Explore the great nature of Whiskeytown through games, arts n crafts, and/or a short walk. At the end of this 45-minute program, children will earn a Junior Ranger badge. Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
JUNIOR FIREFIGHTERS 11 am, Saturdays at Oak Bottom Fire Station
Children and families will head inside the Whiskeytown Fire Station to learn all about the park's fire management program through interactive activities. Unravel a fire hose, dress up in firefighter gear, and more! Meet at the Whiskeytown Fire Station at Oak Bottom for this 45-minute program. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone.
WALK IN TIME 10 am on Sundays at Tower House Historic District
Discover the stories of Shasta County pioneers Levi Tower and Charles Camden on a stroll with an interpretive park ranger. See how Tower and the Camden family reshaped the land for their homes and livelihoods. At the end of the walk, try your hand at goldpanning. One and a half-hour program. Meet at the Tower House Historic District parking lot. Bring water shoes, sandals, or an extra pair of shoes and socks so that your feet can get dry after gold panning.
MOONLIGHT KAYAK TOUR 7:30 pm, June 28th to July 2nd, July 26th - 30th, August 30th to September 3rd
Experience the dramatic changes in the landscape as you explore Whiskeytown Lake at sunset and under the light of the moon. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. Participants must be six years of age or older for this 2.5 hour program. No kayak experience needed. To reserve your spot for these tandem kayak tours, go to recreation.gov. To allow as many visitors as possible the chance to get out on the water with us, please reserve a spot only if you actually plan on attending.
WHISKEYTOWN NIGHT SKY Sunset at Oak Bottom Marina on June 16th, July 14th, August 18th, and September 15th
Join the National Park Service and Shasta Astronomy Club for star parties. Look through telescopes and learn about the different stars and planets in our night sky. Children can complete an activity book and become Junior Ranger Night Explorers. Programs take place beginning at sunset. Meet at the Oak Bottom Amphitheater parking lot.
For Spanish speakers, Latino groups, and/or Hispanic groups, a bilingual interpretive park ranger is available to present programs to your group. Email e-mail us in English or Spanish for details.