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ID: 202864,
Address:
14412 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Whiskeytown, CA 96095
Phone:
(530) 246-1225
Amenities:
Family Friendly, Pet Friendly
Driving Time:
15 minutes from most Redding-area lodging properties.
How Much Time to Spend:
Budget a few hours to a day for exploring this national park.
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This place has more than just a great name! Eight miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of plant and animal life, and year-round beauty. The park features Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally mountain (6,209 ft.), and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Lake-based recreation is popular during the drier summer months; Whiskeytown Lake is always full and provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3,200 surface acres for recreation. Its placid surface is excellent for swimming, scuba diving, and fishing. Ranger-led kayak tours are popular and paddleboard yoga can be found on the water most weekends. Whiskeytown’s beaches beckon families and groups, and open-water swimmers often take to the water for training. Generations of sailors have enjoyed the quiet lake for sailing, and the Whiskeytown Memorial Regatta has celebrated 50 years of racing.

The California Gold Rush made its stamp on this part of Northern California, and the park offers historical tours of the Camden House and orchards, where Charles Camden established a successful mining and sawmill operation. Visitors can still pan for gold in the clear waters, but it’s best not to expect much in the way of fortune. Situated on the south shore of the lake is a memorial to President John F. Kennedy, commemorating his dedication of the dam in 1963, shortly before his assassination. Whisketyown’s proximity to Redding makes it a local favorite and visitors are invited to discover the 42,000 acres of beauty for themselves.

Kayaking at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
September 24, 2022

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates.

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Kayaking at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
November 11, 2022

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2022, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates.

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Woman kayaking at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area at sunset.
May 27, 2022 - September 04, 2022

We invite you to explore the park's natural beauty, majestic views, and abundant wildlife via kayak or paddle board while participating in a free ranger-guided tour.

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Beach Bus to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
May 26, 2022 - September 03, 2022

Get into Whiskeytown National Recreation Area for FREE this summer with the Beach Bus! The Beach Bus runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from Downtown Redding to Brandy Creek Beach for free - you don't even have to pay to enter the park!

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Boating at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
June 17, 2022 - September 02, 2022

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 even hop out for a swim during this two hour program.

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Kayaking at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
August 08, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Book a two night stay and get free week-long admission for one vehicle to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area! Enjoy waterfalls, hiking, lake activities, and more!

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