The Friends of Whiskeytown is pleased to announce that it has recently received a $6,000 grant from Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Redding Rancheria Community Fund for a kayak shed upgrade, phase 1, at Oak Bottom Marina. The new kayak boat house will hold the Friends of Whiskeytown’s newly purchased kayak fleet and supplies in addition to providing safe storage and handling of the equipment.
Since Whiskeytown National Recreation Area began offering free Ranger led kayak tours in 2001, nearly 25,000 visitors have participated in the program.
“The free Kayak Program is a premier recreational opportunity that introduces the visitor to a unique park experience,” said Jim Milestone, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Superintendent. “Whiskeytown Lake provides interpretive opportunities for the American public to experience our country’s natural treasures. The tours offer families an interesting perspective from the lake surface to view the lake, the park’s mountain forest, and the beautiful streams pouring into the lake.”
In additional to regular kayak tours offered three times a day throughout the summer, visitors are also able to experience a dramatically different landscape during moonlight kayak tours. The park also provides group tours for community groups, schools, businesses, families or other groups interested in their own Ranger led tour for a group of 12 of more. The Special Access Kayak Program allows individuals with special needs to enjoy a kayaking adventure.
The Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization cooperating with the National Park Service in the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Whiskeytown National Recreational Area. Cooperation is provided through supporting appropriate visitor opportunities to observe, experience and understand the character of the area; working with park staff and completing special projects; and taking the lead in fundraising for special projects and events.
-from press release