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Whiskeytown - Shasta -Trinity National Recreation Area
In northern California, near Redding
Nestled in the rugged Klamath Mountains watershed, Whiskeytown preserves much of the colorful history of the California gold rush and has a wealth of water-oriented and backcountry opportunities. Although Whiskeytown Lake is smaller than Shasta or Trinity lakes, which are administered by the Forest Service rather than the National Park service, its clear, blue water and full pool level in summer attract many recreationists to its shores. The recreation area was authorized in 1965 and established in 1972.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Backpacking (permit required, see below), boating (rentals, Oak Bottom Marina and in Redding), canoeing, fishing, gold-panning (permit required, see below), hiking, horseback riding, hunting, kayaking, mountain biking, picnicking, sailing, scuba diving, swimming, water-skiing. Facilities: Visitor information center (junction of Rte. 299 and Kennedy Memorial Dr., 8 mi west of Redding); beaches, 50 mi of backcountry roads and trails, outdoor interpretive exhibits and signs. Book and map sales, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Guided walks, evening programs, demonstrations and talks pertaining to natural and cultural resources of the area, tours through Tower House Historic District. National Park Week Celebration and Pick Up Lake Litter Volunteer Cleanup (both in Apr). Tips & Hints: Bears and mountain lions inhabit the park. If you see a bear or mountain lion, do not run; make noise and wave your arms to scare it off. Keep all scented items (food, toiletries, and other such items) in airtight, bear-proof containers. Dispose of all trash in bear-proof garbage cans. Watch out for Western diamondback rattlesnakes. Beware of abandoned mine shafts. Go in spring for wildflowers and hiking, although trails may be too wet for mountain biking and horseback riding. Go in summer for water activities, camping, and fishing; fall for foliage, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding before beginning of rainy season. Busiest June and July, least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: 3 campgrounds in park: Brandy Creek (tel. 530/246-1225; 36 sites; $14), Dry Creek (tel. 800/356-2267; 2 group sites; $75; pit toilets), Oak Bottom (tel. 800/365-2267; 120 sites; $14-$18; flush toilets, showers). Backcountry camping available (permit required, see below). Hotels: None in park. In Redding: Red Lion Inn (1830 Hilltop Dr., tel. 530/221-8700; 194 rooms; $114-$250). X Restaurants: None in park. In Redding: Jacks Grill (1743 California St., tel. 530/241-9705; $10-$25; closed Sun.). Groceries & Gear: In the park: limited supplies and groceries at Oak Bottom Marina.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $5 per vehicle. Fee charged for Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area (reservations required, tel. 800/365-2267). Permits required (free) for backpacking and backcountry camping. Permits for gold panning ($1) and wood collecting ($10 for 2 cords of wood) required. California hunting and fishing license required. No motorized vehicles on trails. Horses and mountain bikes restricted to certain trails. No dogs at Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek beaches. Leashed dogs elsewhere. Recreation area open daily. Certain areas (some rest rooms and several backcountry roads) closed in winter. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 10-4.
HOW TO GET THERE
8 mi west of Redding on Rte. 299. Closest airports: Redding and Sacramento (165 mi).
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (Box 188, Whiskeytown, ? A 96095-0188, tel. 530/242-3400, fax 530/246-5154). Redding Chamber of Commerce (747 Auditorium Dr., Redding ? A 96001, tel. 530/225-4433). Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau (777 Auditorium Dr., Redding, CA 96001, tel. 530/225-4100 or 800/874-7562, fax 530/225-4354).
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