The only gold in these hills are the golden hues of fall foliage at Whiskeytown Lakes. Other colors are crystal-blue waters, white, cloud-covered mountain peaks, and deep green trees. You might see Read more...
The only gold in these hills are the golden hues of fall foliage at Whiskeytown Lakes. Other colors are crystal-blue waters, white, cloud-covered mountain peaks, and deep green trees. You might see reds from the sunburn you get from spending too much time here. One look at Whiskeytown and you may not want to go home.
In addition to the lake, there are 39,000 acres of pristine wilderness to explore. More than 70 miles of trails offer day hikes, mountain biking, and backpacking excursions. Reach the top of Shasta Bally Mountain for a beautiful view of the Sacramento Valley below. Numerous waterfalls make these hills sing.
BYOH and BYOB, bring your own horse or boat if you prefer faster modes of transportation. Outfitters in the area have rental options for convenience. You can sail, paddle, and motor on the lake. Sunbathe on the deck of a pontoon boat or cast your line into the water for some great fishing.
If you're into history, the visitor's center points to the first European settlements in northern California during the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. Fortunes were won and lost overnight by rumors of gold to be had.
Whiskeytown is part of a grouping of seven great national parks in northern California and southern Oregon. Reserve great campsites in this area, whether you prefer a hillside overlook or stream-side haven. Bring along your equipment to pan for gold. Flakes still pop up from time to time.