A Splash of Whiskeytown

Kayaking Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Some liquid pleasures just shouldn’t be passed up. And we’re willing to bet you’re going to want a double shot of Whiskeytown! Located just 8 miles west of Redding and surrounded by mountain peaks, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is nearly 40,000 acres of all things outdoors: waterfalls, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails, and a beautiful crystal-clear lake at the center of it all.

Paddling the waters of Whiskeytown is the best way to see the lay of land, the surrounding mountains, and the wildlife! Currently park rangers lead the Rise and Shine Kayak Tour during the week.

Paddling from the Oak Bottom Marina, cruise into Whiskeytown Lake's northwestern arm, which is closed off to boating. Enjoy serenity as you explore the gentle coves, keeping an eye out for osprey and bald eagles. Osprey are currently protecting nests in the area, and the Canada geese's goslings are also springing up (cue the cuteness). Even bears come around along the shoreline from time to time!

Whiskeytown is 8 miles west of Redding. Rent kayaks or go on ranger guided tours.

Tip: Looking for a campsite tonight? Try Campsite Tonight! It’s an app that searches both public & private campground systems to let you know what’s available. 

 

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