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Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area (Whiskeytown NRA), CA

part ofWhiskeytown National Recreation Area, National Park Service
Photo: Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area (Whiskeytown NRA)
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area is located on the northeastern shore of Whiskeytown Lake in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, just 14 miles west of Redding, California and three hours north of Sacramento.

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

Natural Features:

Nestled on the lake shore, Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area affords beautiful lake views. Whiskeytown is situated 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 Whiskey Creek Launch Ramp and moored along the shore of the picnic area. This picturesque mountain setting also offers ample opportunities for camping, birdwatching, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking and horseback riding.


This day-use picnic area contains three large group sites with dirt surfaces, each with two large serving tables, numerous picnic tables and a large charcoal barbecue grill.

Garbage cans and vault toilets are provided.

A gravel parking area sits near the picnic area entrance, and picnickers must walk on a short trail to reach the sites.

Nearby Attractions:

The Tower House Historic District is located just northwest of the lake and dates back before the California Gold Rush-era.. Opportunities include gold panning, interpretive tours and the Camden House, built in the 1850's.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Kayaking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Park hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Drinking water and electricity are not provided
  • Site G01 is located adjacent to the beach and next to the parking area; Sites G02 and G03 are located up the hill
  • All groups with reservations must share the beach area
  • All vehicles are required to display a park use pass
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Gate to area should be open on your arrival. Call 530-242-3431 if gate has not been opened.
  • Personal watercraft is prohibited on Whiskeytown Lake
  • Area lacks shade and temperature regularly climbs over 100 degrees in the summer; Portable shade structures are recommended
  • Check the park website (www.nps.gov/whis) or stop in at the visitor center for a complete list of all regulations.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.6475, -122.55306
40°38'51"N, 122°33'11"W

Take State Route 299 west from Interstate 5. Travel west through Redding and continue approximately 11 miles west. Turn onto Whiskey Creek Road, pass the Whiskey Creek launch area. At the fork in the road, turn right and follow paved road approximately one mile to where it ends at the group picnic area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area (Whiskeytown NRA)
PO Box 188
Whiskeytown  CA  96095

Phone Number:

Information:  (530)242-3412
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