Great Outdoors

Artist’s Drawing Workshops with Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is pleased to announce a series of drawing workshops for people of all ages and abilities led by Artist-in-Residence James Kuiper.  Join Mr. Kuiper at various park locations, and learn to see Whiskeytown in new ways through art.  Art supplies will be provided for the first 8 participants.  If you have [...]

Perseid Meteor Shower Party at Brandy Creek Beach

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, in partnership with the Shasta Astronomy Club, will be holding a special star party to view the Perseid Meteor Shower on Sunday, August 10th, 2014. These very knowledgeable and passionate amateur astronomers will be displaying meteorites and providing powerful telescopes to view what is often considered the most brilliant meteor shower [...]

A Penny For Your…..The Penny Pines Reforestation Program in CA

A penny for a …..pine? As they have for the past 50 years, this year the Chico Horticultural Society – along with other garden clubs statewide – chose honorees to receive a Penny Pines Plantation. I was among this year’s honorees, and to me it is a high honor indeed. According the US Forest Service, [...]

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Wants YOU!

Some women, faced with an empty nest and time on her hands, might find a part-time job, or take up a new hobby. Not Terry Barr. Her idea of fun and community service was to answer the call to become a volunteer for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly the California Department of [...]

Junior Lifeguard Program and Waterfront Lifeguard Training at Whiskeytown

The Junior Lifeguard Program at Whiskeytown is designed to instruct youth 10 years of age and up in water and beach safety and to gain skills in aquatics, along with instilling a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.  The purpose of the Waterfront Lifeguarding course is to teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to prevent [...]

Fourth of July at Whiskeytown

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days and weekends of the year at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Most popular park areas will fill up quickly with visitors and parking will be very limited.  Please plan to arrive early, and have an alternative plan should your favorite spot already be occupied. Brandy Creek [...]

Tours of Historic Camden House offered on July 5th

The historic Camden House at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will be open to the public Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Activities include docent guided house tours, along with “Walk in Time” ranger assisted gold panning from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Camden House was built by Charles Camden in 1852 at [...]

First Indication of West Nile Virus Activity in Shasta County

The first indication of West Nile virus (WNv) has been reported in Shasta County in a positive mosquito sample collected in Anderson, CA.“Although the District has been able to maintain relatively low adult numbers; this early summer has provided more potential for WNv replication in mosquitoes. Additionally, with the continued warm temperatures I expect that [...]

Splish, Splash! Sundial Splash!

Nearly 200 people launched kayaks, canoes, inflatable rafts and even paddleboards Saturday from the banks of the Sacramento River for the first Sundial Splash. Andy and Bernadette Ooley were among the kayakers, and they chronicled their adventure with video, which they share with us today. Andy and Bernadette Ooley joined scores of other boaters who [...]


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