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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Whiskeytown Lake, Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.

Beautiful Whiskeytown Lake in northern California, bright blue and green waters and blue skies with lots of pine trees and douglas fir trees.
Whiskeytown lake is usually always full in the summertime.
Whiskeytown Lake in Shasta county is a great getaway for the day for many Shasta county and Trinity county residents.  A great place to get out for hiking and getting outdoors.  We went for a hike last weekend out at Whiskeytown lake and it was quite warm.  The trail we chose was a beginning level trail, mostly shady and very pleasant overall.
Whiskeytown lake is full up to the shore with water, as well as other lakes in northern California.  Lot’s of rain and snow this year, and late in the season. This is going to be an excellent year to enjoy our rivers, creeks and lakes for sure.  
Beautful tree lined trail in Whiskeytown Lake, Oakbottom Ditch Trail, northern California. Pictue is a trail lined with trees hanging over.
Beautiful trail at Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta county.
Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail was originally a  canal system that provided water to the mining operations in Clear creek.  The Water Ditch Trail, meanders, along the lake and also highway 299 west towards Clear creek.  The trail is well shaded, and right on the lake for the most part.  We did not hike the whole trail, it is 2.75 miles one way.
 
Beautiful day on Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.
Portion of the Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail.
We found these quaint man made steps from stone and cement.
A dead tree in the sea green colored part of the lake.

 

Lots of wild flowers in the spring at Whiskeytown lake.

 

Here is a link to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area website.  There you can view information about the different trails and more.
 

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Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta County, California

Pictures is ahite shepard long hair in the crystal clear waters and white granite sands of Whiskeytown lake in Shasta county.
My mom’s dog Lily, she loved to swim in the lake for hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Whiskeytown lake is one of the best lakes!  We used to stop and swim all the time as kids!

 

 

 

Whiskeytown Lake, in Shasta County is one of the nicest places to relax, swim, and spend time on the lake with friends and/or family. The water is the perfect temperature, it has many great beaches, it is a campground lake and you can have recreational vehicles in the lake also. The water is clear, refreshing, and looks almost like a sea at times.

Pictures is whiskeytown lake and a sandy bank with tree roots growing into the air.
whiskeytown lake in northern California, located in Shasta county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured is Whiskeytown lake, with bright blue and green waters and in the distance is the moutains and bright blue skies with white puffy clouds.
Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area, a recreation lake, and very beautiful.

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Polyphemus Moth, Whiskeytown Lake, California

I was at the lake and a little kid rescued a moth from the lake.  He put the moth in the mazanita bush.  It looks very interesting.  It seems to be injured and maybe at the end of his lifespan.  I tried to look up the type of species, but low and behold there are many many types of moths out for Shasta County alone there were 20+ types.  I had no idea.   So I thought I might be able to publish the photos, and see if anyone already knew.
Please if you have any idea what type of moth this is leave a comment.  Thanks.  I appreciate your efforts. 
Update!  This moth is called Polyphemus moth (Antheria polyphemus).  Thank you to the person who commented.  I have another wonderful picture I will publish of one.
  
 
 
 

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