National parks celebrate birthday by providing free entrance


REDDING, Calif. - The National Park Service celebrated their 98th birthday by waiving entrance park fees all over the county. The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916.

Whiskeytown Lake took part in the celebration. Many enjoyed their day at the lake by riding their bikes, enjoying free ranger-led kayak tours to just taking their boat out to the water.

Children were also able to earn their free junior ranger badge. Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first national park in 1872. And now there are 401 national parks across the country.

"It's great for Whiskeytown," said Whiskeytown's Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management Sean Denniston. "It gives people an opportunity to come up and not have to pay entrance fee. And here at Whisleytown it's our 49th anniversary so next year, 2015, Whiskeytown will be 50 years old."

The entrance fee was only waived for August 25, but the free-ranger led kayak programs go all the way through September 6.