The 2019 FREE summer ranger-led programs season begins on Saturday, June 8th and will last until Monday, September 2nd (Labor day).
|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.
Kayak Program departing from Oak Bottom Marina (2.5 hours)
9:00 am programs - Wednesdays through Sundays
5:00 pm programs - Wednesdays through Sundays
Programs offered June 8 through September 2.
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, and to review the "Need to Know" information for your tour go to recreation.gov.
Moonlight Kayak Programs departing from Oak Bottom Marina (2.5 hours)
June 12-16 at 7:30 pm
July 10-14 at 7:30 pm
August 7-11 at 7:30 pm
Experience the dramatic changes in the landscape as you explore Whiskeytown Lake under the light of the moon. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance. To reserve your spot, and to review the "Need to Know" information for your tour go to recreation.gov.
1:30 p.m. - Wednesdays through Sundays
Programs offered from June 8 to September 2.
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. To reserve your spot, and to review the "Need to Know" information for your tour go to recreation.gov.
Junior Ranger Program
Saturdays from 1:00 - 1:30 PM at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center
Beginning June 8 for the summer season.
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 Firefighter (1 hour)
Saturdays at 2:00 pm.
Beginning June 9 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 NPS Fire Station located next to the Oak Bottom Camp store.
* Program subject to cancellation should Whiskeytown Fire crews be deployed to fight fires during the summer.
Evening Astronomy Programs (1 hour)
Friday evenings beginning June 14 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.
Saturday sunset to midnight on 6/1, 6/8, 7/6, 7/27, 8/3, 8/31, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 and 10/26 (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.
Walk In Time (2 hours)
For public safety due to issues from the Carr Fire, the Walk in Time program will not be conducted in 2019.
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 12, 2019