National Recreation Area
1965: National Recreation Area
Rating (1-5): Unrated
About the SiteSnug in the rugged Klamath Mountains watershed, Whiskeytown preserves the colorful history of the California gold rush, and also offers a wealth of water-oriented and bckcountry opportunities. There are three lakes in the NRA, with Whiskeytown Lake being smaller than Shasta or Trinity, but its clear blue water attracts many recreationists to its shores.
What You're Going to SeeManmade Whiskeytown Lake is part of the Central Valley Water Project that provides water and electricity to the Central Valley of California. The recreation area correspondingly provides visitors with many activities, including fishing and backcountry fun, and is a host to a variety of wildlife, including kokanee salmon and bald eagles. Water activities include sailing, boating, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving.
Personal ObservationsI haven't been here yet. But on my much-delayed trip to Oregon, I plan on stopping by Whiskeytown to dangle my feet in the water.
Getting ThereTo get to Whiskeytown from Redding, California, go 8 miles west on Route 299. Bingo.
Nearby AttractionsTo the east, about 50 miles away, you'll find Lassen Volcanic National Park. About 90 miles away to the west, on the coast, you'll find Redwood National Park, and of course California Coastal National Monument. About 85 miles northeast you'll run across Lava Beds National Monument.