Here’s to Fun Times on the Water this Summer
It's Hot Out There
By Kendra Kaiserman
Summertime in the North State can be described as beautiful. It can also be described as scorching – so it’s a good thing there are many local waterways. Here are a few fun ways to cool off on the water.
There are two main beaches at Whiskeytown Lake: Brandy Creek Beach and Oak Bottom Marina. Brandy Creek can be accessed by cruising down Highway 299, turning left (coming from Redding) at the visitor’s center and going about four miles further. Oak Bottom is right off Highway 299 on the left-hand side coming from Redding, about five miles past the visitor’s center. Besides swimming, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards can be rented at both beaches. Oak Bottom also rents a 24-foot pontoon that can hold up to 12 people, a 26-foot deck cruiser that can hold up to 10 people, a 35-foot party barge, a 16-foot fishing boat that can hold up to five people and a 17-foot fishing angler, which can also hold up to five people. Skis, tubes, wakeboards and kneeboards can also be rented at Oak Bottom.
Free, guided tours are also available, including kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours. Morning kayak tours begin at 9:30 am Friday through Monday and Wednesday. Afternoon kayak tours begin at 5:30 pm Saturday through Tuesday (morning and afternoon tours are two hours long). Moonlight kayak tours are on nights where the moon is full, including July 4 from 8-10 pm, August 2-6 and September 1-5 from 7:30-9:30 pm. Stand-up paddleboard tours are Friday through Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.
Lake Shasta is a playground for boats – namely houseboats. Various models can be rented, including the Diplomat (from $488 for two nights), the Monarch (from $557 for two nights), the Premiere (from $588 for two nights), the Ambassador (from $613 for two nights), the Marquis (from $697 for two nights), the Grand Marquis (from $1,267 for three nights) and the Empress (from $1,325 for three nights).
Lake Shasta rents fishing boats, patio boats, party barges, party cruisers and ski boats. Personal watercrafts are also available for rent, including jet skis, single and double water skis, wakeboards, wakeskates, Sky Skis, kneeboards and inner tubes. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and pedal boats can also be rented for daily or weekly use.
Also an option on Lake Shasta: dinner cruises. Presented by Lake Shasta Caverns, the evening includes dinner at sunset on the water. Dinner cruises depart twice weekly on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 pm.
You can fish, kayak, canoe or float down the Sacramento River. There’s also the River Romance Dinner Cruise, a private, three-hour dinner cruise in Redding that is perfect for any special occasion or “just because” with a loved one.
There’s a hot summer ahead – but the North State offers plenty of ways to have fun while keeping cool.
For more information, call or visit www.whiskeytownmarinas.com
Oak Bottom Marina (530) 359-2671
Brandy Creek Beach (530) 246-1056
www.lakeshasta.com • (530) 238-2383
Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises • (800) 795-2283
www.riverromancecruises.com • (530) 222-2728