The National Park Service will offer three moonlight kayak tours on Whiskeytown Lake on August 16, 17, and 18, 2005. The ranger-guided program will begin at 7:oopm and last about two hours. Although participants must have a valid Whiskeytown entrance pass to participate, there is no additional fee for the kayak program.
"This is a unique opportunity for people to see the park from a new perspective," stated Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone. "The moonlight kayak program will allow visitors to experience Whiskeytown's spectacular sunset and night sky while paddling with a ranger on Whiskeytown Lake."
People may register for the tour by calling the National Park Service at (530) 243-5345 starting Monday August 8 between 10 am to 12 Noon. Only four spaces may be reserved by each person, as space allows for this special program. It is expected that the tours will fill rapidly. All moonlight kayak program participants must be seventeen years old, and know how to swim. The park will provide life jackets, paddles, and two-person kayaks for up to sixteen participants per tour. Park visitors with their own kayaks are welcome to accompany the tour group, although they must attend the orientation prior to the start of the tour. They must also wear a lifejacket and bring a flashlight or lantern for use after dark.
Younger visitors may participate in the park's new Junior Ranger Kayaker program or the regularly scheduled kayak tours throughout the week. People interested in these programs can make advance reservations by calling 243-5345 Monday through Friday between 10 am and 12 Noon. For more information about other interpretive programs please call the Visitor Center at 246-1225.