Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Recreational Area, Shasta County

I went to Whiskeytown Lake off of Highway 299, in Shasta county.  It’s one of my favorite lakes and I drive by it all the time.    It was a very hot day and the lake was spectacular, as usual.  We swam near the same spot that my parents would sometimes stop at during my childhood.  It is the north west end of the lake, near Oakbottom Recreational Area, follow highway 299 West towards Eureka, California, which is the coast.

Whiskeytown lake is in northern California Shasta county, near Trinity county.
Whiskeytown lake at the Oakbottom exit.

 

Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county, California.
Whiskeytown Lake.
I was almost to my neck in water with this shot.

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Beautiful lake Whiskeytown in northern CA.

Whiskeytown Lake from the South Side

Whiskeytown lake in northen CA, in Shast county west of Redding CA. The water is blue, green, clearn and gorgeous.
Whiskeytown lake is beautiful and wonderful to swim in.

 

Finally, I managed to get to the lake and swim. I have been to this same spot a couple of times, but not yet this year. It is located on the South side of the lake, after you drive over the dam. I love this spot, the water reminds me of the sea.

Whiskey town lake is wonderful because no matter the drought, it will always be full and ready for activities, camping, boating, kayaking, skiing, sailing, or whatever activity you would like.

Below is Lily, my Mom’s dog, she loved the water, but not necessarily to swim. She never went any deeper than her stomach. We were at the beach for two hours and she did not sit once.

 

Lily a white lab and shepard mix enjoying the refreshing waters of Whiskeytown lake.
Lily enjoying Whiskeytown lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

upclose shot of the beautiful Whiskeytown lake with the bluish green water and at the very top of the pic in the distance you can see the mountrain range leading to Trinity county.
Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.

 

These pictures were taken on the south east side of the lake, it has a white sand and more granite.  Other parts of the lake can have red sand for instance.

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Old Historic Tower House District, French Gulch, Shasta County

Historically, this was known as a stop over for people heading east and west via the old 299 route.  An old neighbor once told my dad, that hat he used to stop for a bed, meal and shower, all for only $3.00.  The man used to run sheep from Cottonwood to Hayfork back in the early 1900’s.  I imagine that back then  it took days to travel that distance with sheep and no automobiles.

Also this was land of the Wintu native Americans.  It is a beautiful little valley where two creeks converge.  There are open pastures, and mountains on all sides, and lots of trees.

view of highway 299

 

This is the view (the photo to the right) as you are standing in front of the house.  Beyond the fence is highway 299 and also a creek, there are two creeks which converge on this historic location.  That is part of the attraction of this little park.  It also has picnic tables, a walking bridge or two, and you can continue hiking back to the historic mining areas.  

Walking bridge.

 

This photograph is of the walking bridge.  The views are spectacular in all directions here.
As you cross the  creek and head back towards where the direction of the old mines are, you can see a barn and another house is to the left of it.

 

 
old rock oven and stove
This is a beautiful little valley with two creeks, and mountains protecting the sides.  It’s no wonder the native Americans lived here.

 

Information about the toll bridge.

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Beautiful bowl of bright red cherries,with their green leaves still and in a stainless steel collainder.

Cherries in Redding, Shasta County, CA

Beautiful stainless steel colander of cherries, just picked.
Redding is hot, and in the spring we have perfect cherries.
Beautiful collainder filled with cherries on an old wooden ladder.
Cherry Tree in Redding, California.

These are the most beautiful and tasty cherries ever!  I sure loved them when we had them to pick every year.  That is when the birds did not get to them first.  One year, they were there, and the next day they were gone!  Apparently, it was the same all around for many cherry crops.

 

 

 

 

Beautiful bowl of bright red cherries,with their green leaves still and in a stainless steel collainder.
Cherries grow so easily in northern California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cherries only get better each year!  I don’t live there at the moment, but I am sure the cherries were just as delicious if not better than the years before.  I did make some cherry jam once, and it was delicious!  I gave some to my relatives, and kept some for myself also.

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