The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area features a number of water related
activities, including scuba diving, water skiing, fishing and swimming.
The Whiskeytown Unit, with its mountainous back country and man-made large reservoir offers many summer activities such as hiking and boating as well as the historical remains of buildings built during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Whiskeytown Lake, with 36 miles of shoreline and covering 3200 acres, is excellent for most water-related activities, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, boating and fishing.
It is Under Water! There actually is one building left from what was known as Wiskeytown. The post office was moved up above the lake's rim and is located off 299 on the eastside of the lake before the area was flooded. If the town were alive today, it could be seen east of Weaverville and west of Redding on highway 299. But that is not possible for it lies under 200 feet icy cold water at the bottom of Whiskeytown Lake.
The mysterious dot on the old map with the word "falls" penciled next to it was like a pirate's "X" marking hidden treasure. And the booty Russ Weatherbee found was liquid gold, to be sure. The National Park Service wildlife biologist discovered a 300-foot waterfall cascading unnoticed down a steep, overgrown section of Shasta Bally in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area west of Redding. Those falls have since been christened Whiskeytown Falls.
The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.
Lassen Volcanic National Park is a United States National Park in central northern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak; the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southern-most volcano in the Cascade Range. Lassen Volcanic National Park started as two separate national monuments designated by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907: Cinder Cone National Monument and Lassen Peak National Monument.
The town of Shasta has had a very colorful history. It was established in 1848 shortly after Pierson B. Reading found gold in Clear Creek. The town grew rapidly as miners flocked to the area from all of the corners of the world and was first named after its founder - Reading Springs. It prospered as a hub of transportation and commerce for the region and was renamed Shasta in 1850. It was also named county seat of newly formed Shasta County In 1852 and 1853 two disastrous fires destroyed much of the town.