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Whiskeytown Lake



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Whiskeytown Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Whiskeytown Lake has 36 miles of pristine shoreline to paddle, perfect and skayaking whiskeytown Lakewimming at the Brandy Creek swim beach for a fun filled day. This popular summer destination located at 1210’ feet elevation in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is often packed with powerboats and park visitors. Whiskeytown Lake is open year-round, twenty-four hours a day, and offers a choice of outdoor recreational activities.

Try kayak fishing, hiking alongside rushing creeks or visiting the many waterfalls in the park to appreciate all that Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has to offer.

You may want to skip paddling the wide-open main body of water on the south-eastern side of the lake, which is prone to extremely gusty wind conditions. Also, the numerous powerboats create choppy waters to contend with. Fortunately, the powerboat traffic tends to stay in the main body of water. Instead, paddle throughout the northwestern arm by Oak Bottom campground, where you’ll find some unparalleled paddling opportunities on usually calm water. Overall, if you're looking for a great paddling getaway, Whiskeytown Lake is one of the best kayak and fishing destinations in Northern California.

 Whiskeytwn Lake offers great fishing for rainbow trout, and kokanee which average six to nine inches. The lake also hosts a variety and quality of fish, including largemouth and spotted bass, rainbow and brown trout, Sacramento pike minnow, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. kayaking whiskeytown lake

The best time of year to catch kokanee salmon is early in late February. The kokanee can get as big as two pounds and as long as 15 to 16 inches. Rainbow trout also provides excellent kayak angling opportunities. The lake is stocked every year with 50,000 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout and 2000 brown trout in the 6 to 8 inch range.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 47 53 59 66 75 84 92 91 85 73 55 47
Low 31 33 35 37 42 48 52 51 45 39 35 31

Open: Boating is allowed year-round, twenty-four hours a day, with running lights at night. There is a 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit in the coves and within 100 feet of any shore.

Fees: There is a day use, pets and camping fee, but no launch fee.

Lake Facilities: There are three boat launches, boat rentals, a marina, grocery store, hiking and bicycling trails, waterskiing, sailing, power boating, fishing, and windsurfing. The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookBoat-in camping is not permitted. Pets are allowed on a leash. Jet skis are not allowed Visitors Center Ph: 530 246-1225 Brandy Creek Marina Ph: 530 243-2733 Oak Bottom Marina Ph: 530 359-2269




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