Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will offer a variety of ranger guided activities during the Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. Activities will include the ever-popular kayak tours, Whiskeytown Cemetery tour, and the Walk in Time at the Tower House Historic District with gold panning for the entire family. Kayak tours require a reservation and can be made by calling (530) 242-3462. The schedule of programs is available on the park website: http://www.nps.gov/whis/planyourvisit/rangerprograms.htm.
The visitor center will be open daily from 10am to 4pm. Located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive, the visitor center offers exhibits on the history and development of the Whiskeytown area, Junior Ranger program as well as information on summer interpretive programs, camping, and other local information. Annual and daily passes as well as books, maps, postcards and other publications can also be purchased at the center.
In addition to the ranger guided activities, the Whiskeytown Sailing Club will be holding the 51th Annual Memorial Regatta on Whiskeytown Lake May 23 and 24. More information about the regatta can be found online at http://www.whiskeytownsailing.org
For more information contact the visitor center at (530) 246-1225 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/whis.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
All programs are subject to change; please call the Visitor Center at 246-1225 for the most current information. Although participants must have a valid park entrance pass to participate, there is no additional fee for attending any of the park programs.
For kayak reservations please call (530) 242-3462 on weekdays (Monday through Friday) beginning Monday, May 18. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis between 9:00 am and 1 pm only, until all kayak tours are full for the Memorial Day weekend. All kayak-program participants must know how to swim and will be required to wear a life vest. The park will provide tandem kayaks for up to twenty participants. Park visitors with their own kayaks are welcome to accompany the tour group. Each six to twelve year old child must be accompanied by an adult who will serve as their kayak partner. Groups of children over twelve must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult. The kayak program is not available for children younger than six years old.
May 23, 24, and 25
At 9:30 am -12 noon and 5:30 – 8:00 pm, reservations required. Hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around Whiskeytown Lake. Take a peek at the local inhabitants and learn how they manage to live in an ever-changing environment. For reservations, call (530) 242-3462 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, beginning Monday, May 18.
May 23, 24, and 25
At 1 pm tour the 1852 home of pioneer/prospector Charles Camden and learn how he and his partner Levi Tower reshaped the landscape during the California Gold Rush. Discover how the area became a regional center of transportation and the efforts by the National Park Service to revitalize the historic orchard started by Levi Tower. Discover the myths and realities of the Gold Rush Days, and then try your luck at finding your own gold the old fashioned way. Pans and shovels are provided. Meet at the Tower House Historic District parking lot.
Whiskeytown Cemetery Tour
At 6:30 pm meet with a park ranger at the Whiskeytown Cemetery for a strolling tour. The tour will visit gravesites and learn about some of the individuals and families who settled here during the Gold Rush through the time of the Central Valley Project and Whiskeytown Lake. Along the way, learn about the iconography/symbolism of headstones and its significance in telling a larger story. Following the tour, visitors will be encouraged to share their stories about this intriguing and unique cemetery as well as historic cemeteries in general and their preservation. Programs will last about 1.5 hours. To reach the Whiskeytown Cemetery from Redding, turn left onto J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive. Proceed past the Visitor Center about 1.5 miles then turn left on Paige Bar Road (do not cross the dam). Continue south on the Paige Bar Road approximately 1.5 miles. Whiskeytown Cemetery is located on the left, just south of the large Mount Shasta Mine Trailhead parking lot. The Whiskeytown day use pass is not required to visit Whiskeytown Cemetery.
-from press release