Fee-Free Weekend at Whiskeytown and all National Park Service Units on August 14 and 15

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced on July 28 that the National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks.  “This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before,” Salazar said.  “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation’s historic and cultural icons.”  Whiskeytown and all of the nearly 400 National Park Service Units within the system will not charge an entrance fee during this weekend.  The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours, and use of concessions.

“We encourage visitors take advantage of this great opportunity by enjoying the cool waters of Whiskeytown Lake and exploring the park’s wonderful backcountry,” stated Superintendent Jim Milestone.  “Through these fee-free weekends, we want to reinforce that national parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature and history, and build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment.”

Visitors can also explore and learn more about the park by attending any of the free ranger-guided activities.  In concurrence with the fee-free weekend, the Western National Parks Association is offering a 15% discount on all bookstore items in the park’s Visitor Center.  For more information on Whiskeytown recreational opportunities, and ranger-guided activities, please stop by the Visitor Center daily during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or call (530) 246-1225.  You can also visit the park website at www.nps.gov/whis