A Day at Whiskeytown #Exploredding


Before leaving on your fun-filled day just west of Redding at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, make sure to fuel up. Some like to pick up sandwiches on-the-go but I like to prepare lunch and snacks ahead of time for a lake day.

Hike to Whiskeytown Falls

With food and family (or friends) in tow, head to Whiskeytown and start the activities by accessing the 3.4-mile roundtrip James K. Carr Trail that leads to Whiskeytown Falls. The 220-foot waterfall is the tallest in the park and provides enough shade for your hike. Make sure to go up the stairs to view the upper sections of the three-tiered waterfall. This is one of those bucket list items for Redding you can finally cross off.


After working up an appetite, drive over to Oak Bottom Beach and claim a spot of sand to set up shop for your lunch and afternoon at the lake. My wife and daughter like to stretch out on a blanket and soak up the sun on the sand or maybe dive into a book. My son and I are a little more adventurous and hop on a standup paddleboard and kayak to explore the coves and circle an island or two. Rentals are available for SUPs, kayaks, and boats at Oak Bottom Marina. A quick paddle and you can go through New York Gulch where you’re floating above what used to be an 1850s water claim in a mine camp, well before Whiskeytown Lake was created.

Before heading home for the day, the 21-and-over crowd can enjoy a beverage at French Gulch’s E. Franck & Co. – a bar that also serves as a museum. The bar has been in the family since 1854 and has collected artifacts over the years, giving you plenty of nostalgic entertainment. For a more family-friendly spot, try La Cocina De Chuy or “Chuys.” They have an array of authentic Mexican food but it's their homemade tortillas that put their tacos to the top of the list in Redding.

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