Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was closed for 5 weeks following the devastating Carr Fire that burned 39,000 acres within the 43,000-acre park. Following a successful reopening of areas in the park during Labor Day weekend, officials have decided to keep the areas open until further notice.
Officials made the announcement to the public on their social media pages:
“Labor Day weekend is over, but East Beach, Whiskey Creek boat launch and picnic area, the visitor center, and the Shasta Divide Nature Trail are going to be open during the day as long as they stay safe.”
The Carr Fire destroyed 11 buildings in the park, knocking out power, water and sewer services. The fire also burned most of the trees in the park, creating hazards to hikers. Park Rangers will be out in full force during the weekend, making sure visitors don’t encounter these hazards.
“Falling trees, burned out stump holes, continued fire, and loose rocks remain significant hazards in much of the burned area,” the park service said in a news release. “Visitors should exercise caution while recreating and remain aware of their surroundings.”
The park will close at 8pm everyday and camping will not be allowed. It is not clear whether parking permits will be needed in order to visit the lake. for more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm.