Whiskeytown National Park

General Info

  • Agency: U.S. National Park Service
  • CDFW Region: Region 1, Northern California
  • County: San Bernardino County
  • Directions: click here
  • Location: Barstow, CA
  • Park Headquarters: open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. unless posted otherwise
  • Park Hours: open year-round, 24 hours a day
  • Phone: (530) 246-1225
  • Visitor Center:
  1. Days of Operation: daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
  2. Summary Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m (Memorial Day through Labor Day)
  3. Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

All Activities

  • Alcohol: NOT allowed at beaches, including access roads and parking, picnic, and lake areas within buoys (Brandy Creek, East, and Oak Bottom)
  • Authorized Species: all legal species, but ban
  • California rules and regulations for using bikes or bicycles on national wildlife refuges, State wildlife areas, and State ecological reserves while while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon), and/or fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

    Use of bikes

    Bicycles: allowed only on designated trails and roadways within the Wiskeytown Unit except some or all of the following trails: Shasta Divide, Davis Gulch Trail, Crystal Creek Canal Trail, and Crystal Creek Water Ditch (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, p. 22)

  • Boats:
  1. California rules and regulations of boats while hunting and/or fishing

    Use of Boats

    Launching: only from designated areas

    1. Brandy Creek Marina: open from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for the purpose of launching, landing, and retrieving vessels
    2. Oak Bottom: open from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for the purpose of launching, landing, and retrieving registered vessels
    3. Whiskey Creek: only at all times for the purpose of launching, landing, and retrieving registered vessels
  2. Length Restriction: nothing over 36 foot is allowed
  3. Speed Limit: 5 mph in the no wake zones, which includes 100 feet from another vessel, non-motorized craft, raft, angler or shoreline and the Brandy Creek Marina and Beach, Davis Gulch, Oak Bottom Channel, Upper Whiskey Creek Arm areas. Warning Shot!!! See marker buoys, which are identified on the map.
  • Camping:
  1. Image of campers, trailers and tents.

    Use of Campers, trailers and tents

    Duration: no more than (a) 14 days between May 15 and September 15 or (b) 30 days per calendar year

  2. Bears: all food, wildlife, fish, garbage, containers, and cooking equipment must be placed in either (a) a bear-resistant food storage locker or refuse containers, (b) out of sight in a hard-sided vehicle, or (c) vehicle trunk.
  3. Location: (a) only in designated areas, (b) not within 25 feet of a fire hydrant or main road, and (c) not within 100 feet of a flowing stream, river, or body of water  (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, p. 11)
  4. Occupancy: no more than six people people, two motor vehicles, and two tents per site.
  5. Permits: required
  6. Reservations: click here

Click here for more details.

  • Closures: for descriptions, see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, pp. 3 – 6)
  • Cooking: stoves and lanterns are allowed when incidental to lawful camping/picnicking
  • Fees: required for certain picnic and campgrounds, including primitive camping, gold panning, and special events
  • Fires: allowed ONLY in designated areas, fire grates, and/or receptacles, and must be extinguished with water and mixed with mineral soil until all materials are cool to the touch (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, p. 12)
  • Firewood: may NOT be collected except dead wood from the ground in the Whiskeytown Unit
  • Litter: no household, commercial, or industrial refuse may be brought from private or municipal property, and all human waste must either be buried, placed in a container, or carried out
  • Memorials: human ashes may be scattered without a permit if (1) the body was cremated and pulverized, (2) if scattered at least (a) 100 yards from any trail, road, developed facility, or body of water or (b) 2000 feet above ground and NOT above any developed areas, facilities, or bodies of water
  • Natural Resources: certain fruis, nuts, berries, unoccupied sea shells may be gathered for use or consumption (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, p. 9)
  • Passes:  an entry pass is required and must be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard.  The entry fee is $5/vehicle, $10/ week, or $25/year (click here for more information)
  • Personal Watercraft: NOT allowed in the Whiskeytown Unit
  • Permits: many activities, like camping and use of vessels, requires a permit from the Chief Ranger’s Office (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, pp. 7 – 9). A non-refundable application processing fee of $50 may be required. (Examples: camping in some locations and use of vessels)
  • Pets:
  1. Dog and pet restrictions

    Use of dogs

    Control: must be restrained at all times (e.g. fence, cage, or leash)

  2. Excrement: must place in the closest garbage container at developed areas (e.g. campgrounds, launch ramps, beaches, parking lots, picnic area, near building open to public access)
  3. Hunting: allowed (link to our summary of dog-specific regulations)
  4. Prohibited: NOT allowed at the Visitor Center, Headquarters, Camden House, Beaches (Brandy Creek, Each, Oak Bottom, Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area)
  1. Beaches
  2. Boat Launch Sites
  3. Camping
  4. Docking Areas
  5. Gold Panning
  6. Mooring Areas
  7. Swimming Areas
  8. Wake-less Areas
  • Swimming: NOT allowed withing (a) 300 feet of any designated boat launch or mooring facility or (b) 100 feet of the Whiskey Creek Bridg of California Highway 299 West
  • Vehicles: only on designated roads (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, pp. 17-21)
  • Water Skiing: allowed in Whiskeytown Lake except in no wake/5 mph zone

Hunting & Fishing

  • Fishing: allowed in accordance with all State fishing regulations [36 CFR § 2.3]
  • California rules and regulations for the public use of horses and horseback while on national wildlife refuges, California state wildlife areas, and California ecological reserves while hunting for ducks and geese (scaup, brant, Canada geese, dark geese, snow geese, white-fronted geese, specklebellies, white geese); migratory game birds (doves, pigeon, snipe, waterfowl) resident small game birds (grouse, pheasant, ptarmigan, quail, turkey), resident small game (jackrabbit, rabbit, squirrel), big game (antelope, bear, deer, elk, pig, sheep), non-game (coyotes, crow, fox, raccoon) and fishing (bullfrogging, commercial fishing, crayfishing, crawfishing and sport fishing)

    Use of horses

    Horses & Pack Animals: horses, burros, mules, and camelids are allowed only in designated trails, routes, or areas (see Whiskeytown Superintendent’s Compendium2003-2, pp. 14-15)

  • Hunting: allowed in designated areas and in accordance with California hunting regulations
  • Hunting Area: Whiskeytown Unit subject to the following limits
  1. Safety Zone: no hunting or shooting within 300 feet of any structure, camping area, or other developed recreation site
  2. Whiskeytown Unit: no hunting portions of the Hunting Area are closed to hunting as a critical habitat (click here and see map)

Warning shot!!!  Also see “Closures” above

  • Dog and pet restrictions

    Use of dogs

    Hunting Dogs: allowed (link to our summary of dog-specific regulations)

  • Hunting Map: Whiskeytown Hunting Map
  • Tags: all applicable tags, if any, are required for transporting wildlife through the Park
  • Weapons: allowed during hunting season in authorized areas
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