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Whiskeytown Lake is a Reservoir in Shasta, California.

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Located 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown Lake and 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.

Lake provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3,200 surface acres for recreation. Its placid surface is excellent for swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, rowing and fishing.

Fishing Description: 

The California Department of Fish and Game regularly stocks rainbow trout and brook trout in the lake and some perennial streams during the spring and summer months. Historically, brown trout and kokanee salmon were also stocked in the lake and can still be found there today.

Species include rainbow and brown trout; largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass; and kokanee salmon.

Recreational Activities: 

Water based activities are the primary interest of most Whiskeytown visitors which includes - kayaking, swimming, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing.

In addition, the land area surrounding the lake and extending all the way to the top of Shasta Bally (6209' elevation) provides ample opportunities for birdwatching, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.


Whiskeytown features campgrounds for RV and tent camping as well as group campsites. Primitive campsites are available at Coggins Park, Crystal Creek, Peltier Bridge, Sheep Camp and Horse Camp. “Food Management” is important at all campsites due wildlife, especially our healthy bear population. Be sure to use the food storage lockers.

Boat Ramp: 

Boat launch areas are Brandy Creek Marina, Oak Bottom and Whiskey Creek. There are handicapped accessible fishing piers at Whiskey Creek and Oak Bottom.


California Department of Fish and Game fishing regulations apply at Whiskeytown Lake. Be aware that live minnows cannot be used as bait at Whiskeytown.


P.O. Box 188
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095-0188

Visitor Center
(530) 246-1225

Park Headquarters
(530) 242-3400

Directions to Lake: 

Located 8 miles west of Redding California. From Interstate 5, take the Highway 44 West exit toward Downtown Redding and Eureka. From Downtown Redding, follow Highway 299 west toward Eureka for approximately 8 miles to reach the Visitor Center.

Whiskeytown Lake
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