Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area, outside of Redding, California, is a great place to visit, especially in the summer. It is a little to cold to swim this time of year, but you still can enjoy the park. The Visitor Center is right near the entrance of the park, so we stopped their first, to get the Junior Ranger book and look at all the displays.
The Native Americans were the first people to call this place home. They found natural treasure here, like acorns, fish, and deer. After the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill ( read that post HERE), many fortune hunters settled in the area. Places like the Camden House were built around that time. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy put this place aside, to preserve it for future generations.
After we finished in the Visitor Center, we went outside, to see the water. It was so blue and clear. We took pictures, then headed back up to the Visitor Center to turn in our Junior Ranger books. It was a nice day trip up to Whiskeytown Lake.