On March 1, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will resume collection of entrance fees which were suspended due to the Carr fire in late July. Additionally, the National Park Service announced that Whiskeytown will be one of 117 National Park Service sites to modify entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience. The other 300 national parks will remain free to enter.
The additional revenue from entrance fees at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will go to help fund repairs to park facilities damaged during the Carr fire and the February snow storm, and to create shade structures at Oak Bottom and Whiskey Creek, among other projects. In past years, projects funded from fee revenue included new docks and marina improvements at Oak Bottom; multiple Americans with Disability Act-compliant improvements; new restrooms; and improvements to picnic areas, campgrounds, roads, and trails.
Closures due to the Carr fire are still in effect for public safety and protection of natural and cultural resources. Trails which have been reopened may still have hazards, to include falling trees/limbs, flash flooding/debris flows, and loose falling rocks – enter at your own risk and stay on established roads and trails.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has had an entrance fee since 1997. The current rate of
$20 per vehicle, $15 per motorcycle, and $10 per pedestrian/bicycle/public transit passenger will increase $5 starting March 1.
The price of the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, and the Lifetime Senior Pass will remain at $80.