North State Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2023

Thank you to everyone who donated to Giving Tuesday! Your donations help small nonprofits continue serving the community through projects the public enjoys. Thank you for connecting more people to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area!


Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc. was incorporated in 2002 for the purpose of securing private funding for value-added park projects and programs at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc., (FOWI), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to enhance visitor experiences at the Park and provide stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. 




Waterfalls of Whiskeytown



Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Amphitheater Shade Structure

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area preserves a lake, waterfalls, rugged mountains, and forest land – 97% of which burned in the 2018 Carr Fire. Though opportunities for learning about post-fire ecology are abundant, shaded places are in short supply. The park’s amphitheater at Oak Bottom is too hot to use for visitor gatherings or daytime educational programs for much of the year.

The amphitheater can be put to better use if shade canopies are installed. Under shade, ranger talks can be offered to daytime visitors and groups of individuals can gather. In addition, Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc., plans to hold music events at the amphitheater to raise money for accessible seating and sidewalks to further enhance the visitor experience. Staff and volunteers recently put in significant time and resources to refinish the amphitheater’s wooden benches and replace its audiovisual equipment.

Project Cost: $128,469

Project Begun: 2024

The Fund for People in Parks: $73,469

National Park Service: $55,000

“With over 97% of Whiskeytown burned and over 100 structures (buildings, boats, etc.) within the park destroyed, the Carr Fire was the most destructive fire in the history of the National Park System. Much of the shade for the entire recreation area was trees that have since fallen dead and been removed in areas with high visitation and picnic area amenities. This particular site had minimal shade and now has none. The Oak Bottom Amphitheater, while eligible for other funding sources, is not the highest priority for the park’s funding since we have had to focus on rebuilding structures, opening up damaged trails, safety, and utility infrastructure.”

-Barbara Fairley, Grant Program Volunteer, Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc. 

About Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Whiskeytown is one of 423 parks within the National Park System. Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was established in 1965 to protect Whiskeytown Lake and surrounding habitat and to provide outdoor recreation opportunities for the people of the United States. The park protects a diversity of plants and animals and preserves cultural history of the Wintu People and California Gold Rush. Whiskeytown is visited by almost one million people each year. For more information, visit the park website or connect with us on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.


We are currently seeking volunteers to be involved with Whiskeytown National Recreation Area restoration

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We meet every second Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm. Contact us for the location.


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Friends of Whiskeytown, Inc.
P.O. Box 2
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 244-9002