Ranger Guided Activities Offered On Memorial Day Weekend 2014

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Date: May 16, 2014
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Ranger Guided Activities Offered On Memorial Day Weekend

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area will offer a variety of ranger guided activities during the Memorial Day weekend Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26. Activities include the ever-popular kayak tours, Camden House tours and gold panning for the entire family.

The visitor center will also begin its extended summer hours and be open daily from 9am to 5pm beginning Friday, May 23. Located 8 miles west of Redding at the intersection of Highway 299 and Kennedy Memorial Drive, the visitor center offers exhibits on the history and development of the Whiskeytown area as well as information on summer interpretive programs, camping, and other local information. Annual and daily passes as well as books, maps, postcards and other publications can also be purchased at the center.

In addition to the ranger guided activities, the Whiskeytown Sailing Club will be holding the 50th Annual Memorial Regatta on Whiskeytown Lake May 24 and 25. More information about the regatta can be found online at http://www.whiskeytownsailing.org

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

All programs are subject to change; please call the Visitor Center at 246-1225 for the most current information. Although participants must have a valid park entrance pass to participate, there is no additional fee for attending any of the park programs.

For kayak reservations please call (530) 242-3462 on weekdays (Monday through Friday) beginning Monday, May 19. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis between 9:00 am and 12 noon only, until all kayak tours are full for the Memorial Day weekend. All kayak-program participants must know how to swim and will be required to wear a life vest. The park will provide tandem kayaks for up to twenty participants.Park visitors with their own kayaks are welcome to accompany the tour group. Each six to twelve year old child must be accompanied by an adult who will serve as their kayak partner. Groups of children over twelve must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult. The kayak program is not available for children younger than six years old.

Saturday, May 24

Kayak Tours 10:00 am -12 noon and 6:00 - 8:00 pm, reservations required:

Hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />WhiskeytownLake. Take a peek at the local inhabitants and learn how they manage to live in an ever-changing environment. For reservations, call (530) 242-3462 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 12 noon only, beginning Monday, May 19.

Walk-in-Time 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Tour the 1852 home of pioneer/prospector Charles Camden and learn how he and his partner LeviTower reshaped the landscape during the California Gold Rush. Discover how the area became a regional center of transportation and the efforts by the National Park Service to revitalize the historic orchard started by Levi Tower. Discover the myths and realities of the Gold Rush Days, and then try your luck at finding your own gold the old fashioned way. Pans and shovels are provided.Meet across the footbridge at the Tower House Historic District parking lot. Call 246-1225 for more information.

Sunday, May 25

Kayak Tours 10:00 am -12 noon and 6:00 - 8:00 pm, reservations required:

Hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around WhiskeytownLake. Take a peek at the local inhabitants and learn how they manage to live in an ever-changing environment. For reservations, call (530) 242-3462 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 12 noon only, beginning Monday, May 19.

Walk-in-Time 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Tour the 1852 home of pioneer/prospector Charles Camden and learn how he and his partner LeviTower reshaped the landscape during the California Gold Rush. Discover how the area became a regional center of transportation and the efforts by the National Park Service to revitalize the historic orchard started by Levi Tower. Discover the myths and realities of the Gold Rush Days and then try your luck at finding our own gold the old fashioned way. Pans and shovels are provided. Meet across the footbridge at the Tower House Historic District.Call 246-1225 for more information.

Monday, May 26

Kayak Tours 10:00 am -12 noon and 6:00 - 8:00 pm, reservations required:

Hop on a kayak built for two and explore some of the quiet coves around WhiskeytownLake. Take a peek at the local inhabitants and learn how they manage to live in an ever-changing environment. For reservations, call (530) 242-3462 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 12 noon only, beginning Monday, May 19.

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