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A gem

We were traveling through and was greeted with a great arts festival. The local talents were... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Cold Lake, Canada
A favorite among locals

As a resident of the area, I have grown up swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a great time diving around the buoy line next to Hwy 299. Visibility is 15 to 20 feet. With a thermocline about 28 feet. Plenty of fish in the local area to include bass and Cokenee. You can roll over the rocks, grab the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Marknaud
Reviewed November 11, 2018

We were traveling through and was greeted with a great arts festival. The local talents were awesome, friendly people, unique little town. Stop and have a look around

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PattiS1979
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

As a resident of the area, I have grown up swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hiking in and around Whiskeytown. There is so much to do around the lake, with many campsites, beaches, hiking trails, rivers and creeks. The lake is relatively shallow (compared...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hmcain
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We went to the Info Center first and there is a great deal of historical information. The gal behind the desk was super friendly & knowledgeable. The next time we brought the boat and caught a beauty of a Kokanee! The incredibly sad part of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ladydragontamer
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

This gem of a park has something for everyone. Boating, fishing, swimming, easy walks, fun hikes, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, wildlife, historical buildings, picnics, amazing views, and I am probably forgetting something else. It was damaged by the Carr fire, but it will be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dean B
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

We coated the park recently after the Carr fire. There is a lot of devastation but clean up is happening and the area is still worth seeing! The lake is beautiful and you can still snag some gorgeous pictures and views! New growth of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DesiraeP73
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Whiskeytown Lake is so beautify, but suffered a lot of destruction during the Carr Fire in July. There are currently some areas open to swimming, but check at the Information Center for a map of those areas. Drive by periodically to watch the trees grow...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LadyPegasus4ya
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, hard to access via 299 right now with a lot of repair work going on, due to the Carr fire.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank celesteriaria
Reviewed September 24, 2018

loved the crystal clear water. Water is very cold. bring a floating device. Its very close to Redding

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Exploration746208
Reviewed September 23, 2018

I used to live in the Redding area. We used to visit the lake quite frequently. It was a beautiful place to spend a day if you enjoy the outdoors, swimming, canoeing, water sports, picnic. There is a tourist information centre there to help you.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Mona P
August 15, 2018|
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Response from fotonerd1951 | Reviewed this property |
therein a lot of smoke and fire damage here. Whiskeytown lake area is closed not sure how much of Shasta is closed. Its called the Hirz fire so u might want to ck with various sights on how its doing. Hope this may be... More
violet g
June 27, 2018|
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Response from kalikea83 | Reviewed this property |
lots down on brandy creek beach
Cadence H
June 13, 2018|
Response from RTL | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s $8 or you can buy a pass for $40 and that includes Lassen Volcanic Park and it’s good for a year from the date of purchase.
Travel Forum Posts
Eureka, California
Highway 299 closed - wildfire impacting Labor Day vacations (5 Replies)
Many people take highway 299 west from Redding to Humboldt County (Eureka, Arcata, Trinidad, etc.) over Labor Day Weekend. Highway 299 west is currently closed due to a wildland fire that started near Helena (Trinity County). The fire is currently at 2000 acres with zero containment. Conditions in Shasta County is VERY smoky with bits of ash floating to the ground. People planning a weekend on Trinity Lake, Shasta Lake, or Whiskeytown Lake will definitely notice smoke and severely...More
August 31, 2017|
Response fromsyrahgirl|
Thank you for the update on this! :)
Longview, Washington
Highway 3 South from Yreka in early November (6 Replies)
We will be heading south from Medford OR to Red Bluff the first week in November. We have made this trip numerous times and thought it might be fun (weather permitting) to take a detour from I-5 and drive the Trinity Alps Scenic Byway (Hwys 3 and 299) past Trinity Lake, through Weaverville and east on 299 to Redding. My research indicates that this road is usually open year round. Goggle maps and MapQuest both list drive time from Yreka to Redding at 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Does this sound...More
October 06, 2014|
Response fromphil s|
Current project on the Buckhorn is almost finished. Drove it yesterday & maybe 50 feet of guardrail yet to be installed. Next phase will start in the Spring '15. Unless we get a nice snow (which all in Trinity County is praying for) you will be fine. The ride down is very nice. The Brewery in Etna serves a great Root beer as well as the other kind. Their Lunches are terrific. Give them a try if you are there around lunch time.
Redwood City, California
Houseboat Rentals (7 Replies)
Hi We are looking to rent a house boat in the June/July period for approx. 3-4 days (5 adults - 2x70ish, 2x50ish, 1x20ish). We have just been to the San Jose Travel Show & have some info on Forever Houseboat Rentals & Bullards Bar. They are at a number of different lakes but we aren't sure which company to use. Ideally we would like to stay within 4 hrs driving from San Francisco. Has anyone used either of these companies & could give us an honest opinion on their boats, service etc. Also...More
March 07, 2016|
Response fromchinita415|
No experience with those but hopefully someone will come along. We did a houseboat at Berryessa a while ago and that was super fun. Lake Shasta is also a popular place for that.