For those who enjoy tent camping or traveling by RV, the Oak Bottom Marina campground in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a wonderful location to stay while enjoying the lake.
Oak Bottom Marina Campground features:
94 walk-in tent sites and 22 dry RV/trailer sites Convienent location to restrooms, seasonal beach store and boat ramp. Free beach showers and coin operated hot showers Convenient location to Oak Bottom Marina
Per National Park Service, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area policy, campers are allowed to stay a maximum of 30 days between September 16 and May 15. Campers visiting in the summer season from May 16 to September 15 may stay for a maximum of 14 days. Annual maximum stay is 30 days.
All vehicles must display a valid National Park Pass. Please note that the National Park Service, Whiskeytown Lake has increased its parking fee. Entrance to the park is now $20 good for a seven day visit and an annual pass is available for $40.
Campers are allowed to park one car per campsite on the campground road and must walk to access their sites on foot.
All RVs and camping trailers are required to stay in the RV parking area.
Check-in time is 2:00pm and check-out time is 12:00pm. All dates are considered guaranteed and no refunds will be issued for late arrivals or early departures. Guests who fail to arrive before 12:00pm on the day after their arrival date will be considered a no show. Unless proper notification was received , the site will be forfeited without refund. No more than two tents and six people are allowed per site.
Pets are welcome at the campground for a $2.00 per pet, per day fee. For the safety of all campers, dogs are required to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. Unattended pets will result in a $125 citation.
We are a family campground. Children under 18 need to be with a guardian at all times. Quiet time is enforced from 10:00pm through 6:00am by on-site security.
A dump station is located between the campground store and boat launch.
We camped in off season (Oct) so very few campers and many of the sites were open.
This was just a lay over/crash for the night site for us but it got the job done.
I do not recall what site we chose but we did have a fire ring and picnic table.
Flush toilets that were marginally clean.
Sites are easily accessible and well maintained. Shoreline spots are PRIME. Easy access for anchoring boats. Toilets are well maintained flush. Store has the necessities you may forget.
The lakeside sites are off the road and a short walk from the parking area. Be sure to get a cart from the camp host or you'll have to hand carry everything in. Cell coverage was excellent here.
Whiskytown Lake is a great recreation lake, from boating, swimming to fishing. Oak Bottom is shores are surrounded by pines and manzanita. It has a pretty large campground with tent and dry RV sites. There is a nice swimming beach and a marina. They have showers on the beach and in the campground area. My favorite thing to do is here is go kayaking in the coves. A short drive around the lake will take you to Whiskeytown picnic area where they have some awesome hiking trails.