Whiskeytown Lake has 36 miles of
pristine shoreline to paddle, perfect and swimming
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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