Guide 2016

brochure Whiskeytown - Guide 2016
Park Guide National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Whiskeytown National Recreation Area The Whiskeytown Nugget Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service! Welcome to Whiskeytown! Inside you will find: Mather in the class of 1886, Albright, in the class significant political battles to save both special of 1912. Both were from California. The energetic lands and cultural resources from those who Stephen Mather was a millionaire advertisement wanted to destroy or develop these resources for executive who had made his fortune marketing personal profit and private use. Borax soap; Albright was a young lawyer who advised Mather as they took over management of this new agency in 1916, created to protect the dozen national parks mostly found in the America West. Multiple generations of families in the United the world have recreated and been inspired by countless visits to our national park sites. Thousands of rangers, maintenance and administrative staff have protected the parks Albright at my friends Scott and Susan Isaacson’s from threats and watched over visitors enjoying wedding. Albright was 92 years old, a living the parks for over a century. This will continue In 2015, Whiskeytown National Recreation legend and deeply respected for his work with the into the future, and our goal as stewards of these Area celebrated it 50th Anniversary. This dynamic Stephen Mather and following Mather’s special places, is to keep them as they are for year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the death in 1930, as the second Director of the the enjoyment of future generations to come. National Park Service. National parks such as National Park Service. Enjoy Whiskeytown National Recreation Area of Yosemite National Park were set aside for Throughout my career I have met many of the protection and preservation by President key men and women who continued to make Lincoln, as early as 1864. significant contributions to develop the National Park Service and its assets into a remarkable gift Two men played a key role in creating the for the American people. Many of these people- National Park Service, as we know it today; they -some as staff of the National Park Service, were Stephen Mather and Horace Albright. others as concerned private citizens, have fought Both had attended U.C. Berkeley, the older and be safe as you explore the park. I want all of you to take with you happy memories of your friends and family as you enjoy Whisketyown and other national park sites during this special anniversary year. Jim Milestone Park Superintendent Support Your Park with Entrance Fees Your park fees provide funding for projects that improve and enhance the experience for visitors. Applying fees to projects in the area where they were collected assures that visitors pay a share of operational costs. Eighty percent of the fees collected at Whiskeytown are returned to the park for specific projects. Recent projects have replaced the Oak Bottom Beach restroom and changing facility, renovated the campground store, and replaced informational kiosks. Future projects include improving and expanding our 52-year-old Visitor Center. For the one-time or short-term visitor, seven day passes are sold for $10 at the Visitor Center and at pay-by-envelope stations around the park. For frequent visitors, an annual park pass is sold at the visitor center for $40 and covers the entrance fee to Lassen Volcanic National Park as well. Both passes are also now sold online at the Pay.gov website. 2016 Passes Access Pass Interagency Annual Pass No charge - permanent $80 - Valid for one year from disability - Valid for a lifetime. month of purchase. Whiskeytown Annual Pass $40 - Valid for one year from month of purchase. Lassen Annual Pass $40 - Valid for one year from month of purchase. This compilation of essential park information is based on questions frequently asked by visitors and organized alphabetically to help you quickly find what you are looking for. States and millions of tourists from around In 1982, I had the honor of meeting Horace Yellowstone, date back to 1872 and portions Things you need to know, pages 2-3 Fourth Grade Pass Free - Valid for all fourth grade students and their families for the school year. Senior Pass $10 - 62 years and older Valid for a lifetime. Military Annual Pass No charge for active duty service members and their dependents. National Park Service turns 100! Pages 4-5 This year marks the National Park Service's 100th Birthday! Flip to pages 4 and 5 to read about celebrating with YOUR park. Learn about some historical milestones, and what we have planned for you this centennial year. Camping and trail information, pages 6-7 If you are planning an outdoor adventure, flip to pages 6 and 7 for a list of the park’s extensive trail system and campgrounds, essential information for each. A map will orient you to the park. What can I do in the time I have and what's going on in the park? Pages 8-9 Not sure what to do during your park visit? Turn to page 8 for a helpful guide that will assist you in planning your recreational activities according to the time you have, as well as activity suggestions for all seasons. Kid's activity and upcoming events, pages 10-11 Want to become a Junior Ranger but don't have time to attend a program? Turn to page 10 and fill out this activity page to earn your badge! Also, throughout the year we have many special events, check page 11 for descriptions. Ranger-led programs, page 12 Whiskeytown offers a variety of FREE Ranger-led Programs throughout the summer. These programs are fun and family-friendly. A program schedule and descriptions are found on page 12. NPS The Official 2016 Guide to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area The National Park Service Mission The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Whiskeytown Lake was created as part of the Central Valley Project to provide water for agricultural, municipal, and industrial use, as well as for the maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat. In addition, Whiskeytown Lake has two hydroelectric power generation stations, and the earthen dam provides flood control downstream of its location. The dam was completed in early February 1963, and dedicated by President John F. Kennedy on September 28, 1963. The 3,200-acre reservoir and 42,000 acres of surrounding habitat became Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in 1965. Within its boundaries, the park preserves and protects an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, as well as the cultural history of the Wintu Native Americans and the California Gold Rush. The park also provides a wide variety of year-round recreation opportunities for over 850,000 annual visitors. Park Information Superintendent Jim F. Milestone Visitor Center (530) 246-1225 Visitor Center The Visitor Center is a great place to start when you arrive in the park. The knowledgeable staff and volunteers will help you maximize your visit. The Visitor Center is located at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive and CA Highway 299. The hours of operation are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, year-round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays. The visitor center provides information, a variety of use permits, natural and cultural history exhibits, an ADA accessible California native plant garden, as well as books, maps, and souvenir items for sale. In addition, accessible restrooms, first aid, an Automated External Defibrillator, and drinking water are all available here. Accessibility Park headquarters, restrooms and the visitor center are ADA accessible, as well as the native plant garden located directly behind the visitor center. The park has three ADA accessible trails, including the paved Crystal Creek Falls Trail, a paved portion of the Brandy Creek trail, and the section of the Guardian Rock Trail from Horse Camp leading to the spectacular Guardian Rock Vista Point, which has some uneven surfaces. In addition, two accessible picnic sites are available at Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek beaches. Accessible fishing piers are located at Whiskey Creek Picnic Area and at Oak Bottom Marina, near the amphitheater. Amenities Park Headquarters (530) 242-3410 Things You Need to Know Fax (530) 246-5154 Park Ranger Dispatch Office (530) 242-3431 Emergency Phone 911 Mailing Address Whiskeytown National Recreation Area P.O. Box 188 Whiskeytown, CA 96095 Website www.nps.gov/whis Whiskeytown Nugget Editors, Graphics & Layout Breanna Corp and Matt Switzer Fun Facts Origin of the "Whiskeytown" Name The park is named after a mining town that was flooded to create the reservoir. Highest point: 6,199 ft. Shasta Bally. Lowest point: 860 ft. on Clear Creek near the southeast park boundary. Lake elevation: 1,209 ft. at full pool and 1,198 ft. during the winter draw-down. Park acreage: 42,000 acres Lake: 3,200 surface acres Shoreline: 36 miles Lake water storage capacity 241,000 acre feet when at full pool. Whiskeytown Dam The earthen dam is 281.5 ft. high with a crest length of 4,000 ft. 2 Whiskeytown Nugget Basic food and camping items can be purchased at the Oak Bottom Campground Store, between 8 am and 4 pm during the winter and until 7 pm in the summer. The Oak Bottom Marina store is open on request over the winter, and from 8 am to 8 pm during the summer. Fishing and boating supplies, such as motorboat fuel and oil, are available in this store along with snacks, beverages, ice, ice cream, sunblock and miscellaneous merchandise. There are stores at Brandy Creek Beach and Oak Bottom Beach, both selling a variety of sandwiches, water toys, beverages and snacks. Both beach stores are open between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 11 am – 6 pm. Alcohol Alcohol is prohibited on the park’s four designated public swim beaches and parking areas: Brandy Creek, Oak Bottom, Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area, and East Beach. The legal blood alcohol level for the operators of vehicles and motorboats cannot exceed 0.08, but boat operators and drivers may be impaired and incapable of safe operation at lesser levels. All-terrain Vehicles ATVs and off-road vehicle travel are prohibited in the park. Backpacking Backpacking Permits and regulations are available at the visitor center at no cost. Turkey Tail, Trametes versicolor Bicycling Bicycles can access all trails except Davis Gulch, and Crystal Creek Water Ditch trails. Mountain biking trail information is available at the visitor center. Helmets, gloves, and eye protection are recommended for all riders. Maintain a safe speed of 15 mph for road and trail conditions and stay within your level of riding experience. Cyclists must obey all traffic regulations. Hikers and equestrians always have the right-of-way. Boating There are no boat launching fees at Whiskeytown Lake, but visitors must display a valid entrance pass (see “Fees/ Passes”). There are boat launches at Brandy Creek Marina, Oak Bottom, and Whiskey Creek. Oak Bottom Marina rents a variety of motor boats. Single and double kayak rentals are available at both Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek Beach. Please call (530) 359-2671 or visit www.whiskeytownmarinas.com. Motor boats with two and four-stroke engines are allowed on Whiskeytown Lake and must observe posted no-wake signs. Boats cannot exceed 36 feet in length. Occupied vessels can remain on the water overnight provided they move at least one-half linear mile each hour. Overnight camping on boats is prohibited. For your safety and the safety of others, please be aware of other lake users. Non-motorized craft always have the right-of-way. The use of personal watercraft is prohibited in all areas. Vessels are subject to inspection by rangers at any time to examine licenses, documents, and compliance with regulations pertaining to safety equipment, vessel capacity, sanitation, and pollution and noise abatement devices. Stay alive! Wear a life jacket! Bookstore The bookstore located at the Visitor Center is managed by Western National Parks Association (WNPA) whose mission is to promote the preservation of the national park system and its resources. A variety of books, maps, guides, postcards, souvenirs, and other items can be purchased here. Local products are available, as well as books written by local authors. In addition to stock on hand, WNPA has an even larger selection of items available for purchase from their online store at www.wnpa.org. WNPA members receive a 15% discount and educators receive a 20% discount on all bookstore items. A portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to the park to support education, interpretation, and research programs. Camping With the exception of Backpacking Permits, camping is authorized only in the designated campgrounds of the park. Please see pages 6 and 7 for campground locations, fees, and available services. Fees/Passes The entrance fee for the park is $10 per vehicle for a seven-day pass. Whiskeytown annual pass costs $40. In addition, the annual pass from Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Interagency Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, and the Golden Age or Access Passports are all honored at Whiskeytown. All passes must be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard while in the park boundary. A pass is not required while visiting the Whiskeytown Cemetery. Fee Free days in 2016 can be found on page 11. Passes can be purchased at the Visitor Center or Pay.gov. Firearms Federal law permits people who can legally possess firearms under federal and State of California laws to possess firearms in the park. It is the visitor’s responsibility to understand and comply with all applicable state and federal firearms laws. Firearms are prohibited in most federal buildings in the park including the visitor center and park headquarters. Firearms may only be used in the park during hunting seasons in authorized areas, and pursuant to the lawful taking of game species in compliance with California laws and regulations. Fires Campfires are only permitted in the established fire grates at picnic areas and campsites. Fires must never be left unattended and must be properly extinguished upon departure. Dead wood may only be collected from the ground for personal use while in the park. Collecting live vegetation or standing dead wood is prohibited. The use of self-contained barbecues, gas and charcoal, is permitted as long as they are attended at all times and properly extinguished. Fishing California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations apply at Whiskeytown. Fishing is allowed yearround in the lake; however, the streams feeding Whiskeytown can only be fished from the last Saturday in April through November 15. The nearest location to purchase a fishing license is Tops Fresh Market, six miles east of the visitor center on Hwy 299. NPS Matt Switzer National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Gold Panning Recreational gold panning is permitted in the park. A valid annual gold panning permit is required for all persons 17 and older. Gold panning regulations, as well as the $1 annual permit, can be obtained at the visitor center or Pay.gov. Hiking Hiking can be enjoyed year-round at Whiskeytown. With over seventy miles of trails in the park, most of which are ridden by mountain bikers and equestrians, there is something for every ability level and interest (please see page 6 for trail information). Be prepared for changing conditions while enjoying the park’s backcountry and be sure to carry an adequate amount of water for each person. Summer daytime temperatures often exceed 100°F (38°C). Horses & Pack Animals Horses, burros, mules, and camelids may be used on designated multiple-use trails in the park. Horse Camp primitive campground is accessible to vehicles towing horse trailers and is the only location in the park where camping with horses is allowed. There are two sites available and a potable water spigot. Lost and Found Lost and found items can be reported, turned in, or claimed at the visitor center. ! Mines Old mine workings in the park are dangerous and unstable. When hiking cross country, be on the lookout for uncovered mining shafts. Stay out, and stay alive! Noise Levels In order to keep natural soundscapes free from loud human-source noises, the following regulations apply: a vessel cannot exceed 75 decibels (dB equivalence of a dishwasher or vacuum cleaner) and other noise levels from motorized equipment or electronic devices cannot exceed 60 decibels (conversational level) from a distance of 50 feet. In addition, noises below these established levels are prohibited if they are deemed unreasonable. Quiet hours in the park are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Parking A valid park pass or Seven-Day Entrance Pass must be displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard whenever a vehicle is parked within the park boundary. Please see the “Fees/ passes” section for more information on valid passes. Visitors can park in any public parking spaces, as well as along paved roadways, provided the parked vehicle is completely off the asphalt without trampling vegetation and is in compliance with all posted signage. Parking in front of gates or blocking right-of-way access is prohibited. Pets Pets are allowed in the park and on trails, provided they are leashed at all times. Leash length is not to exceed 6 feet. Pets are prohibited on all of the park’s designated public swim beaches: Brandy Creek, Oak Bottom, East Beach, and Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area. Pets cannot be left unattended at any time. Swimming Picnicking There are four designated public swim beaches in the park: Brandy Creek Beach, East Beach, Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area, and Oak Bottom Beach. Only Brandy Creek Beach has lifeguards during the summer months. Swimming is prohibited inside the buoy-enclosed area around the Glory Hole and Carr Powerhouse, within 300 feet of any boat launch or mooring facility, and within 100 feet of the Whiskey Creek Bridge on CA highway 299. Open-water swimming is dangerous— swim close to shore or have a spotter when swimming in open water. Rope swings are prohibited. Picnic sites are available in developed areas of the park including: Brandy Creek Beach and Marina, Oak Bottom Beach, Whiskey Creek Boat Launch, Carr Powerhouse, Crystal Creek Falls, and the Clear Creek Picnic Area off of Trinity Mountain Road. No reservations can be made for these sites and no area can be held for the exclusive use of any group. Inquire at the visitor center for the location of ADA accessible picnic sites. For groups of 20 or more, reservations can be made for day use sites at Whiskey Creek Group Picnic Area by calling 1-877-444-6777. Sharing the Park Trash With the exceptions of Special Use Permits and the areas of the park that can be legally reserved, no visitor or group of visitors can hold or claim exclusive use rights of any area in the park, including the islands, shoreline, and coves of the lake. Please help us to provide for the enjoyment of all visitors by sharing the park. Vehicles Smoking Smoking is prohibited with the following exceptions: visitors may smoke cigarettes and e-cigarettes in their vehicles, on their watercraft and in their campsite. Visitors are also allowed to smoke at the designated smoking areas: Brandy Creek Beach parking lot, Oak Bottom Beach parking lot, and at the Visitor Center’s parking lot island. Smoking is prohibited on all park beaches, trails, and open areas not specifically designated as a smoking area. Water Potable water is available at the following locations: the visitor center; Brandy Creek Beach, Marina, and RV Campground; Oak Bottom Beach, Marina, Amphitheater, Tent and RV Campground; Carr Powerhouse; Horse Camp; and Whiskey Creek Boat Launch. Water from any natural source should be purified. Special Use Permits S Special events such as weddings, sporting events, and commercial filming are permissible by obtaining a Special Use Permit. Activities must be appropriate and have a minimal impact on other park visitors. Applications and information are available on the park website. For more information, please contact the Chief Ranger at (530) 242-3413. Lunar Phase Wildlife Please do your part to keep the park’s wildlife wild. Do not feed or harass wildlife. Enjoy all animals from a safe distance and try not to disturb their natural behaviors. Use the bear-proof storage lockers for all scented items and never leave food unattended! Sunset 2016 05/01 6:08a 05/15 5:52a 5/6, 6/4, 7/4, 8/2 9/1, 9/30, 10/30, 11/29, 12/28, 1/27, 2/26, 3/27, 4/26 05/01 8:06p 05/15 8:20p Waxing Crescent 06/20 8:44pa The New Moon 06/01 5:41a 06/15 5:38a 06/20 5:39aa 06/01 8:35p 06/15 8:42p 07/01 5:43a 07/15 5:52a 07/01 8:44p 07/15 8:39p 08/01 6:07a 08/15 6:21a 08/01 8:24p 08/15 8:06p The First Quarter 09/01 6:37a 09/15 6:51a 09/01 7:41p 09/15 7:17p 5/13, 6/12, 7/11, 8/10, 9/9, 10/8, 11/7, 12/7, 1/5, 2/3, 3/5,4/3 10/01 7:07a 10/15 7:21a Motorists must obey all posted speed limits. Vehicles are only allowed on designated roadways. Be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists, and wildlife on the roadways. Use special care while driving at dawn and dusk when wildlife is most active. State and federal vehicle laws apply within the park. Make sure to display a valid park pass on your vehicle’s driver-side dashboard while parked. Hot showers are available in the restroom at Oak Bottom Beach for a small fee. Free, cold outdoor showers are available during the summer months at Oak Bottom and Brandy Creek beaches. Sunrise 2016 09/20 6:56ab Please pack out all trash when hiking and dispose of it in a responsible manner. There are recycling facilities at the visitor center, many parking areas, and the park’s designated swim beaches. Showers Sun and Moon 09/20 7:09pb 10/01 6:51p 10/15 6:28p Waxing Gibbous 11/01 7:40a 11/15 6:57a 11/01 6:05p 11/15 4:51p 12/01 7:14a 12/15 7:26a 12/01 4:43p 12/15 4:44p The Full Moon 12/21 7:30ac 12/21 4:46pc 5/21, 6/20, 7/19, 8/18, 9/16, 10/15, 11/14, 12/13, 1/12, 2/10, 3/12, 4/10 Waning Gibbous 2017 2017 01/01 7:33a 01/15 7:31a 01/01 4:54p 01/15 5:08p 02/01 7:19a 02/15 7:03a 02/01 5:28a 02/15 5:45p The Last Quarter 5/29, 6/27, 7/26, 8/24, 9/23, 10/22,11/21,12/20, 1/19, 2/18, 3/20, 4/19 03/01 6:43a 03/11 DST 03/15 7:21a 03/20 7:12ad Waning Crescent 03/01 6:01p 03/11 DST 03/15 7:17p 03/20 7:22pd 04/01 6:53a 04/15 6:30a 04/01 7:35p 04/15 7:49p c. Winter Solstice a. Summer Solstice d. Spring Equinox b. Fall Equinox Daylight Savings For Chart Below: A meteor shower happens when the Earth passes through the trail left by a comet or asteroid, also known as the parent. The radiant is the constellation where the meteors appear to come from in the night sky. * The most favorable viewing conditions are during the last dark hour before dawn. Annual Meteor Showers 2016 Best Moon Viewing Illumination * Viewing Period Peak #/hr Radiant (Direction) Parent Delta Aquarids Jul 12 - Aug 23 Jul 28 20 Aquarius (S) 96P/Machholz 3:00 am 79% Perseids Jul 17 - Aug 24 Aug 12 90 Persieus (NE) 109P/Swift-Tuttle 4:00 am 72% Orionids Oct 02 - Nov 07 Oct 21 20 Orion (SE) 1P/Halley 5:00 am 64% Shower Southern Taurids Sept 07 - Nov 12 Nov 05 20 Taurus (S) 2P/Enkce 2:00 am 32% Leonids Nov 06 - Nov 30 Dec 17 20 Leo (E) 55P/Tempel-Tuttle 4:00 am 58% Geminids Dec 07 - Dec 17 Dec 14 100 Gemini (S) 3200 Phaethon 1:00 am 100% Quadrantids Jan 01 - Jan 05 Jan 4 80 Draco (NE) 2003 EH 5:00 am 42% Lyrids Apr 16 - Apr 25 Apr 23 20 Lyra (E) C/1861 G1 4:00 am 10% Eta Aquarids Apr 19 - May 28 May 7 40 Aquarius (E) 1P/Halley 4:00 am 93% Average Temperature and Precipitation Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average High/Low °F 54/38 58/40 63/43 69/47 78/54 87/61 97/66 96/64 90/60 77/52 61/43 53/38 Record High/Low °F 79/17 82/18 92/26 97/28 104/32 111/39 113/47 115/47 112/40 104/21 93/25 81/11 Average Precipitation 10.39" 9.57" 8.85" 4.14" 2.45" 1.07" 0.45" 0.27" 1.02" 3.08" 7.82" 10.15" Whiskeytown Nugget 3 Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service Est. August 25, 1916 Looking ahead to another 100 years 1995 1978 1965 1971 President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation establishing Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on November 8, 1965. The first Whiskeytown staff is shown above accompanied by superintendent Leon Mitchell in 1966. Shasta County Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Raymond V. Darby submits a proposal to turn Whiskeytown Environmental Camp into a center for outdoor education serving the needs of many educational groups and agencies. The Whiskeytown Environmental School continues this mission today. 1999 Whiskeytown National Recreation Area received a Partnership Achievement Award from the National Park Foundation for collaborating with Shasta College on the 300-acre Paige Bar Watershed Restoration project. 4 Whiskeytown Nugget 1993 1981 Ray Foust served as the second park Superintendent for 17 years and implemented many policies that have shaped how the park is used today. The Camden House, having been unoccupied since the 1940s, fell into disrepair. Park staff began restoring the structure to its original unique form. 1990 1980 Superintendent Foust banned alcohol from swim beaches, reducing the instances of DUIs and improving visitor safety and experience. The parks bald eagle population rebounded with two breeding pairs of bald eagles. One of the chicks was sent to San Francisco Zoo for the captive breeding program. Dave Pugh, the third park Superintendent, served for five years. During his tenure the popular Davis Gulch Trail was established. The approximate date the park initiated its exotic plant program, which has used volunteers, Student Conservation Association Interns, Youth Conservation Crews, and seasonal staff to control high priority invasive plant species like puncturevine, yellow star thistle and tree of heaven. 1997 At 1:00 am on January 1, a major debris flow sent rocks, mud, snow and water down Brandy Creek and Paige Boulder Creek, damaging bridges and leaving Brandy Creek Beach dramatically changed. Boulders at Brandy Creek Beach are evidence of the slide. 2002 2000 Jim Milestone begins as the fourth park Superintendent. Under his direction, park staff have expanded trails, established waterfall access and focused on expanding recreational opportunities. Personal watercraft were banned from the lake. This led to the creation of one of Whiskeytown's most popular, free ranger-led programs still offered today - kayaking! 2005 By installing solar panels, more efficient appliances and fixtures, and properly insulating buildings, the park reduced its carbon footprint and energy consumption by nearly 50%. 2008 On June 21st a lightning storm passed over northern California in the early morning hours, sparking over two thousand fires, including several that resulted in the burning of about 20% of the park. 2013 Celebrated 50 years since President John F. Kennedy dedicated the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam on September 28, 1963. 2015 Visit the Stephen Mather plaque at Brandy Creek Beach, just a 1/4 mile up the creek. This year we Celebrate our Past, Present and The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th, 2016. Throughout this birthday year, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. The Centennial celebrates the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation. Most important, it’s about inviting you to join us. We want people everywhere to join the find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. We invite those who already know and love the parks, and also the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates to join us this year, and into the future. Check out some of Whiskeytown’s special events on page 11 to find opportunities that match your interests. Then share your national park story at FindYourPark.com, and by using #FindYourPark on social media. We are excited for you to be a part of our second century! Join YOUR Park in Celebrating! Attention all fourth grade students! You are eligible to receive a free pass that allows you and your family to free entrance into all national parks including Whiskeytown and Lassen Volcanic, during your school year. Getting a pass is simple. Visit the “Get Your Pass” section of www.everykidinapark.gov, complete an online game, and download a voucher to print and use at federal lands and waters. This paper voucher can be exchanged for a more durable Interagency Annual 4th Grade Pass at the Whiskeytown visitor center and at other select sites. 4th grade teachers, you can involve your whole class. Go online today and learn more and print passes for every student. The section for educators has four leaning activities complete with lesson plans, photos and worksheets. Don't Forget to Put it on Your Calendar! Join Whiskeytown rangers for a free ranger-led kayak tour or stand up paddle board tour. That's right! We added a new recreational tour- stand up paddle boarding! Please call the Visitor Center for additional information 530246-1225. Kayak tours will be held twice a day 7 days a week starting June 13th through Labor Day. Tours are offered at 9:30 am and 5:30 pm. Along wtih a moonlight kayak tour five days before the full moon (see page 12 for details). In addition, junior ranger kayak tours will be given on Monday focusing on children ages 3 to 6 and Thursdays for ages 7-12. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance and are recommended to guarentee a spot on the tour, please call 530-242-3462. This year Whiskeytown will be hosting another Symphony on the Beach. Celebrate by joining us for an evening of classical music performed by The Shasta Symphony Orchestra, great food sold by the Savory Spoon, tasty desserts sold by (the S'more lady) and frothy beverages brewed and sold by Wildcard Brewery. Followed by a twilight luminary lighting on the lake. For more information, please visit the park website nps.gov/whis or on Facebook: www. facebook.com/WhiskeytownNationalRecreationArea (see page 11 for details). Turtle Bay Exploration Park, The National Park Service, and the Shasta Historical Society are teaming www.turtlebay.org up to develop a “Find Your Park” exhibit to be displayed in the Turtle Bay Museum from October 1, 2016, through January 8, 2017. The “Find Your Park” Centennial exhibition will celebrate the parks of northern California and southern Oregon through up to 2,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Exploration Hall of the Turtle Bay Museum. Interactive exhibits will draw from the rich natural and cultural heritage of seven national parks: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Redwood National and State Parks, Crater Lake National Park, Tule Lake Unit--WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and Oregon Caves National Monument and preserve. 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