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part ofWhiskeytown National Recreation Area, National Park Service
Status: Open through Fri Oct 31 2014   Season Dates


Dry Creek Group Campground is located on the southwest shores of Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, just 14 miles west of Redding, California and three hours north of Sacramento.

Whiskeytown Lake offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for visitors year-round, including kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming and water skiing.

Natural Features:

Dry Creek Group Campground affords beautiful lake-side views and mixed conifer, oak and maple forests, which offer pleasant shade for campers.

Whiskeytown Lake is located where the Klamath Mountains, Cascade and Coast Mountain Ranges, and the Sacramento Valley meet, creating a wide variety of wildlife and landscapes.


The cool, clear waters of Whiskeytown Lake provide endless water activities. Enjoy a free, guided kayak tour through the quiet coves along the shoreline (reservations required), or explore the lake by sailing, boating, swimming, water skiing or fishing.

Boats may be launched at nearby Brandy Creek Marina and moored along the sites at the campground. This picturesque mountain setting also offers ample opportunities for birdwatching, picnicking, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and horseback riding.


This tent-only group campground contains two sites, each with two large serving tables, numerous picnic tables, a large charcoal barbecue grill, a group fire circle, bear-proof storage lockers, vault toilets and drinking water.

A gravel parking area sits near the campground entrance, and campers must walk on a short trail to reach the campsites.

Nearby Attractions:

The Camden House Historic District is located less than 10 miles away and dates back to the California Gold Rush-era and before.

Opportunities include gold panning, interpretive tours and the Camden House, built in the 1850's.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • All vehicles parked at the group areas must display a park use pass
  • Portable showers are prohibited; Cold outdoor showers are available at Brandy Creek Beach; Hot showers available at Oak Bottom Campground for a fee
  • Gate to area will be open upon your arrival. Leave gate open and unlocked.
  • Bring your own firewood
  • Black bears frequent the area: All food, beverage containers, toiletries, cooking and eating utensils must be stored inside a bear-proof storage locker or out of sight in your vehicle unless they are in immediate use
  • Generators are not allowed
  • Personal watercraft prohibited
  • For information on summer ranger-guided activities such as kayak tours, gold panning and the Junior Ranger program, call the Visitor Center at (530) 246-1225
  • Tent camping only. Self-contained units may use nearby Brandy Creek RV campground for an additional fee.
  • Check-in and check-out times are 12 noon.
  • Check the park website or stop in at the visitor center for a complete list of all regulations.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.62556, -122.58083
40°37'32"N, 122°34'51"W

From 1-5, take State Route 299 west, go west through Redding and continue approximately 8 miles west. Turn at Visitor Center onto Kennedy Memorial Drive (signs indicate Brandy Creek/Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam). Go 1 mile to park headquarters; continue another mile and cross Whiskeytown Dam, continue approximately 4 miles west where pavement ends at access to Dry Creek Group Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 188
Whiskeytown  CA  96095188

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)242-3412
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