Of the three
parts of the Whiskeytown - Shasta - Trinity National Recreation
Area, the Whiskeytown Unit (authorized Nov.
and established October 21,1972), is the only unit administered
by the National Park Service. For information on the other 2 Units,
please click the "Shasta & Trinity Lakes" link to
The Whiskeytown Unit, with its mountainous back country and large,
man-made reservoir, offers many summer activities such as hiking
and boating, as well as historical remains of the California Gold
Rush of 1849. Whiskeytown Lake, provides 36 miles of shoreline
and 3200 surface acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related
activities, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, boating
and fishing. The lake was created by diverting water through tunnels
and penstocks, from the Trinity River Basin to the Sacramento River
Basin. The most prominent landmark within the Recreation Area is
Shasta Bally (elevation 6,209 feet). The summit may be reached
on foot and by 4-wheel drive vehicle, but is closed in the winter.
Picnicking, hiking, hunting, interpretive programs and horseback
riding are also popular within the Whiskeytown Unit. The other
two units (Shasta & Trinity) offer additional activities and
are administered by the Forest Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.