Whiskeytown making strides to return to normalcy after Carr Fire

It has been around seven months since the Carr Fire, and the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area recovery is going strong.

The park is still subject to winter storms with debris flow, mudslides, falling rocks and trees, especially in the burn area.

There are parts of the park open, including six trails in the southwest portion. The Whiskey Creek and Powerhouse areas are open too.

One new development, the Dry Creek Group Campground, has started taking reservations for a shortened period, May 24 to September 30.

Matt Switzer, is the Park Ranger-Interpreter for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

"When it comes to a set date for re-opening, we don't quite yet. We need to see what the winter weather is going to throw at us first. We don't want to have to do the same work twice and waste taxpayer dollars by doing that," Switzer said.

The Oak Bottom Marina has re-opened as of last Friday, which includes the Marina Store with fuel. Customers can get back into their moorage slips without having to make an appointment first. There is still plenty of maintenance taking place as it is an ongoing process. Public safety is the top priority.

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