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Parts of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area open, park officials put in place safety changes

Some parts of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are back open in time for Memorial Day weekend, but park officials want to make sure people still follow safety guidelines.

Posted: May 22, 2020 7:36 PM

WHISKEYTOWN,Calif.-Some parts of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are back open in time for Memorial Day weekend, but park officials want to make sure people still follow safety guidelines.


Recreation areas like Brandy Creek and Oak Bottom are now open and park rangers will be on duty making sure everything runs smoothly.


“We’re happy to be in a position where we can begin reopening things back up,” says Whiskeytown National Recreation Area superintendent Josh Hoines. “Memorial Day is really the beginning of our summer season here at Whiskeytown.”


With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend, park rangers at the park are ready to welcome visitors.


“Some of the changes that people will see that are different will be our campgrounds aren’t open yet, it’s going to be day use only at our beaches and day use area around the park,” says Hoines. “The trail heads are open, boat ramps are open, so if you have your own boat you can come out and launch at Brandy Creek or Oak Bottom.”


Also open: Recreation area stores, restrooms, and picnic areas. Areas like Dry Creek Campground will be open for day use only.


“My recommendation is to come maybe at different times, come in the morning, come late in the afternoon because the middle of the day it really starts to get busy over here,” says Hoines.


Park officials say they want visitors to be responsible and safe this weekend. There will be extra handwashing and sanitizing stations for people who want to use them and the park is resuming entrance fees.

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