REDDING, Calif. -

Whiskeytown Lake is gearing up for a summer of kayaking programs. The park wants everyone to get a chance to enjoy the outdoors, especially the lake itself. The special access kayaking program allows those with developmental disabilities, illnesses and limited mobility to get out on the water for free.

The leader of the program works closely with EMT certified volunteers to make the experience for all participants safe and enjoyable. Participants submit a form to determine their comfort level in the water. Kayaks and life jackets are provided for all participants, and there is an easy access point where kayaks go in the water.
Park rangers encourage participants to bring their own sunscreen and to wear closed-toe shoes.

The program has been going on for several years.

“It’s geared and developed specifically for visitors with special needs and it’s just a way for them to get out here because we like everybody to have an equal opportunity to come out and go kayaking,” said Interpretive Park Ranger Breanna Glaze.

It runs Friday nights through July and August.

Those interested can sign up by calling 530 242-3421. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance for the programs.

Whiskeytown Lake also offers other kayaking programs, all free, running through the Labor Day weekend.