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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

2986 Bechelli Ln, Redding, California 96002 USA

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“Explore for Gold in Redding”

Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful sapphire-blue waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park.  However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush. Located 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is geographically situated at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain Range and the northern edge of the Central Valley, making it home to a diverse collection of animal and plant life. The park provides outdoor enthusiasts with excellent opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping.

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Greek_nomad

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August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

If your driving towards Redding, California or you are looking for a place nearby to camp for a couple of days, then you should definitely consider the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area where you will find Whiskeytown Lake with its beautiful sapphire-blue waters.

There you will have the opportunity to camp in beautiful serene natural surroundings and have the opportunity to do various kinds of water sports or just relax by the lake. And believe me, there is no better feeling than relaxing in nature! And there are free kayaking tours offered by a park ranger DAILY!

Overall, the park is clean, well staffed, and they have lifeguards at the swimming area at Brandy Creek Beach.This lake is good for camping and picnics also. $5 for day use and no launch fees, you really can't beat it.

Just be aware of the wild life. While there we ve seen quite a few rattlesnakes!!

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perfectsky

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August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

I stopped here on my way to WA. First at Peltier campground, then Clear Creek camp. Beautiful. Campground #1 was taken but it had its own little lagoon and mini beach that drained into the creek. Mine was #2. I'm 22, pretty good shape. I took off my shoes and put on some swim shorts and went downstream. Hopping on rocks and swimming through a couple parts. I came across one of the most beautiful stretches of land I have seen in a long time. Waterfall after waterfall. The rocks, the plants, everything. Amazing.
Watch your footing though, rocks underwater will be slippery and be sure to use your hands and traverse on all fours as much as possible.
It's 20$ for a week pass, and 10$ per night.

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jasbaz

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September 18, 2015

Incorrect address! I couldn't find the place :(

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

2986 Bechelli Ln
Redding, California
96002 USA

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