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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will offer a variety of ranger-guided activities during the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26th through Monday, May 28th. Activities will include the ever-popular kayak programs, a “Walk-in-Time” excursion at the Tower House Historic District, and paddleboard programs! Kayak and paddlboard programs require a reservation which can be made through the www.recreation.gov website or by calling recreation.gov at 1-877-444-6777. No reservations are required for the Walk-in-Time Program. Although participants must have a valid park entrance pass to participate, there is no additional fee for ranger-guided programs. Please note, for kayak and paddleboard programs only there is a $1.50 per person reservation fee levied by recreation.gov. The park provides tandem kayaks for up to twenty participants for the kayak program, and stand-up paddleboards for up to ten participants.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Kayak Programs (Oak Bottom Marina parking lot):
May 26, 27, and 28 – 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (2.5 hours) – reservations required through recreation.gov
Hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around Whiskeytown Lake with a ranger. Take a peek at the local inhabitants and learn how they manage to live in an ever-changing environment.
Stand-Up Paddle Board Program (Brandy Creek Beach Lot B):
May 26, 27, and 28 – 1:30 pm (2 hours) – reservations required through recreation.gov
Ready for a new challenge? Thanks to generous support from the Friends of Whiskeytown and a grant from Dignity Health, paddle boards have been added to our fleet. Designed for those with little or no previous experience on a paddle board, a ranger will teach the basics and help you gain confidence with this new skill.
Walk-in-Time (Tower House Historic District parking lot):
May 27 – 10:00 am (2 hours) – no reservations required
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. Hear stories both old and new to gain an appreciation for the vital role this area has played and continues to play as the National Park Service revitalizes 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.
Whiskeytown is also excited to announce that you can now use recreation.gov to reserve primitive campgrounds (at Brandy Creek, Crystal Creek, Horse Camp, Peltier Bridge, and Sheep Camp), as well as the Dry Creek Group Campground and the Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area.
The Whiskeytown visitor center is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Located just 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, a Junior Ranger Program as well as information on summer interpretive programs, camping, and other local information. Park entrance passes, books, maps, postcards and other publications and souveniers can all be purchased at the visitor center.
You can also purchase weekly and annual Whiskeytown passes any time of the day, at home on your computer or on the go with your smart device, through www.yourpassnow.com and select Whiskeytown National Recreation Area from the drop-down menu to pay online.