Following a 10-month closure at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area due to the Carr Fire, park officials have announced the imminent reopening of the popular Brandy Creek beach area.
Brandy Creek Beach and Marina will reopen to the public on May 31st with beach access, kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals through the summer. The reopening of the beach area marks a significant milestone in the Carr Fire recovery for the beloved recreation areas surrounding Whiskeytown Lake.
Although the beach is reopening, it will be a little different than years past. Lifeguards won’t be available this summer ((but National Park Service staff will be in the area) and the beach area may be closed for public safety should weather conditions develop which could trigger a flash flood or debris flow.
Brandy Creek joins Oak Bottom Marina along with numerous trails in the southeast portion of the park that have reopened following the Carr Fire. Officials hope to continue to reopen portions of the park as repairs continue, including the hikes to the four majestic waterfalls of Whiskeytown.
The Carr Fire was one of the largest wildfires in California’s history, ultimately burning 39,000 of the 42,000 acres in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. The fire burned 229,651 acres in Shasta and Trinity Counties through Redding and Shasta Lake. The people affected by the fire, including the 1,077 homes that were destroyed, continue to rebuild.