Whiskeytown - Western National Parks Association


National Recreation Area


Whiskeytown Lake’s crystal-clear water is perhaps the most recognized feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a part of what the 42,000-acre preserve has to offer. Visit waterfalls, hike through rugged mountains, explore California Gold Rush history, and observe post-fire ecology in action.

Explore Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Established in 1965, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was named for a Gold Rush-era camp town now submerged in Whiskeytown Lake. The Lake is a 3,200-acre reservoir formed by Whiskeytown Dam on Clear Creek. Completed in February 1963, the Dam was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy the following September. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake are part of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Since our founding in 1938

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$126 million

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Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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