As the drought continues (come on, El Niño!), the mere sight of a sizeable body of water becomes ever more revered. And while Shasta Lake, the state’s largest reservoir, has shrunk to a shadow of its former self, nearby Whiskeytown Lake, centerpiece of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, is kept full almost to the brim. Boaters, kayakers and hikers with furry companions have an advantage here, as dogs are allowed on almost all the park’s 70 miles of trails and everywhere along the lake’s shoreline except at four designated swimming beaches. Numerous waterfalls tucked deep within the surrounding forest provide spectacle in spring; put them on your “must do” list for the wet season. Forever Resorts’ Oak Bottom Marina rents dog-friendly pontoon boats, fishing boats, canoes and kayaks.
Trinity Lake, near the town of Weaverville in the majestic Trinity Alps, is the third major body of water in the close-to-Redding triad. Its glassy coves and 145 miles of shoreline invite lazy days of dog-friendly exploration. The lake is known for fishing, and boat-in camping is a popular option among visitors with their own kayaks or larger craft. The Trinity Lake KOA has pet-friendly cabins with bathrooms along with RV sites, tent sites, and boat and boat-slip rentals. Forever Resorts operates two marina locations on the lake, with houseboat, fishing boat, canoe and kayak rentals available.
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