Whiskeytown National Recreation Area


Of the three parts of the Whiskeytown - Shasta, Trinity National Recreation Area, and Whiskeytown, Whiskeytown is the only unit administered by the National Park Service. The Whiskeytown Unit, with its mountainous back country and large, man-made reservoir, offers many summer activities such as hiking and boating, as well as historical remains of the California Gold Rush of 1849. Whiskeytown Lake, provides 36-miles of shoreline and 3200-acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related activities, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, boating and fishing. The lake was created by diverting water through tunnels and penstocks, from the Trinity River Basin to the Sacramento River Basin. The most prominent landmark within the Recreation Area is Shasta Bally (elevation 6,209 feet). The summit may be reached on foot and by 4-wheel drive vehicle, but is closed in the winter. Picnicking, hiking, hunting, interpretive programs and horseback riding are also popular within the Whiskeytown Unit.


Seasonality / Weather

The Visitor Center is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.



From Interstate 5, take the 299 West exit toward Eureka. Follow 299 west for approximately 8 miles to reach the Visitor Center.


Commercial air service is available to Redding California located approximately 16 miles from Whiskeytown. Rental vehicles are available.

Public Transport: 

The city of Redding is located 8-miles to the east and is served by Amtrak, Greyhound and the Redding Airport. Public transportation from Redding to Whiskeytown is not available, however rental cars are available at the airport and in town.