Plan for 4th of July Crowds at Whiskeytown

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The Fourth of July weekend is one of the busiest weekends and days of the year at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Most popular park areas will fill up quickly with park visitors and parking will be limited.

The Brandy Creek Beach is a very popular area. The beach will have lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The parking lots, picnic areas and beaches fill up early in the day. The parking lots will usually fill up between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Once the parking lots are full, all vehicles will be stopped and turned around at the Whiskeytown Dam. Last year, park rangers stopped and turned around several hundred cars after Brandy Creek Beach was full at 11 a.m.

The Oak Bottom area is an alternative to Brandy Creek Beach. There is a small picnic area and beach. The beach does not have lifeguards.

As a reminder, smoking, pets, fires and alcohol are prohibited at Brandy Creek Beach, Oak Bottom Beach and East Beach areas. Please display your park day use pass on the driver’s side of the dashboard of your vehicle. Day use passes may be purchased at the Visitor Center or at several other locations in the park. Please do not leave valuable items in your vehicles and always lock your vehicle. If you swim or boat, please wear a lifejacket.

For further information, please go to the Visitor Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, or visit the park website at

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