If you and your canine compadre like to have fun out in the bush, Crystal Creek Primitive Campgrounds make for a great getaway. These primitive sites are off the beaten path, and though they are over a mile away from Whiskey Lake (the area's main attraction), they are right on Crystal Creek and offer natural privacy far from other campers.
These two first-come-first-served campsites are not the easiest to get to, which is why you're only allowed to tent here. Any type of towable trailer wouldn't make the trip in! Once you get to your site, you'll find a picnic table, metal firepit with a swing grill, a lantern post, and a bear-proof container for storing any food or toiletries. The creek water is not fit for drinking, but there is a tap for drinking water at the visitors center (which is only a short drive away). While there is a firepit on each site, this area is prone to forest fires, and bans may be in place. When the fires are too close, the entire grounds may be closed for months on end -- so be sure to call and check before you head out!
Visitors to this area are in for a real treat, as shaded trails take hikers to three different waterfalls close by. If you make the trek to Whiskey Lake, you can participate in a whole host of fun, including boat rentals, water-skiing, a beach, fishing, and kayaking. There are ranger-led kayak tours that you can be a part of, and kids will love trying the Junior Ranger programs offered by the park.
All visiting puppers must be leashed at all times, as this is bear country and there are other campers present. Because of the bears, it's always a good idea to bring poop bags along and collect all of your pooch's waste to dispose of it in the bear-proof containers until it can be thrown out properly. Remember to collect or bring enough drinking water for Fido as well as yourself, as drinking from the creek could make your woofer sick!
For an awesome time in the woods or on the lake, add Crystal Creek Primitive Campground in Whiskeytown to your dream list!