Two ponds along the north side of Highway 299 are closed to the public while the park awaits test results for possible cyanobacteria. One of the ponds is along Grizzly Gulch, and the other is referred to as Second Pond. Caution signs have been posted to alert the public that the blooms may be present and these bodies of water should be avoided. The discoloring of these ponds may be due to a variety of causes, such as stagnant water, increased water temperatures, increased nitrogen inputs from the Carr Fire, and naturally occurring minerals and salts from the upstream creek.

Blue-green algae can appear reddish-purple, brown, blue-green, and cause the water to look murky. Most species are buoyant and will float to the surface where they form scum layers or floating mats. Do not let pets go into these areas or allow them to drink the water. Be sure to rinse pets off if exposed. Visitors should swim in areas with good water circulation, and are encouraged to check the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Facebook Page for updates.

To learn more about Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, visit the park’s website at
www.nps.gov/whis, or stop by the Visitor Center seven days a week between 10am and 4pm.

Following the recent Carr Fire, some roads have been closed. See below for updates on road conditions. Updated 08.16.19

Road Status Details
Highway 299 Open The highway is suitable for any type of passenger vehicle, motorcycle, and trailers.
Closed Grizzly Gulch Pond and Second Pond are closed to all public use. Grizzly Gulch Pond is located where Grizzly Gulch meets Highway 299 at mile marker 11.2. Second Pond is located where Graddock Gulch meets Highway 299 at mile marker 15.4.
John F. Kennedy Memorial Drive Open from visitor center to Dry Creek Group campground The road is suitable for any type of passenger vehicle, motorcycle, and trailers.
Whiskey Creek Road Open The road is suitable for any type of passenger vehicle, motorcycle, and trailers.
Paige Bar Road Open The road is suitable for any type of passenger vehicle, motorcycle, and trailers.
Crystal Creek Road Closed Closed at Highway 299 until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
South Shore Drive Closed Closed at Dry Creek Group Camp and at Carr Powerhouse until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
Brandy Creek Road Closed Closed until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
Mill Creek Road Closed Closed at Carr Powerhouse until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
Shasta Bally Road Closed Closed until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
Peltier Valley Road Open to Peltier Bridge campground only Open as far as Peltier Bridge Campground ONLY until further notice for public safety due to the Carr Fire.
Mule Town Road Open Only four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for this unpaved dirt road. This is a county-maintained road.