NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California


Utica & Union Reservoirs

Description: Primitive free-lance camping on a beautiful alpine lake. Campers need to park on the dirt access road and hump their stuff down to the lake, but the lake is very pretty. The camping can get pretty congested and kind of messy with little in the way of defined sites. Limited pit toilets too. A big plus is that there are other lakes, with more amenities, in the immediate area. Spicer Reservoir is further down the same access road, and beautiful Lake Alpine is just up Hwy. 4 a few miles.

Location: Drive north on Hwy. 4 past Bear Valley to the Spicer Reservoir Road. Well marked. Access roads off Spicer Reservoir Road are unpaved but well maintained.

Nearest Town: Bear Valley. Arnold 20 miles or so south.

Camping: 15 primitive walk-in sites. Pit toilets. No drinking water or other facilities.

Fishing: Trout & kokanee salmon.

Other: Swimming

Boating: Yes. 15 mph limit.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

Off-road Opportunities in Area: The access roads to these lakes are graded gravel, in excellent condition suitable for any vehicle.

Information: Stanislaus National Forest, 209-795-1381.