Recreation Lakes in Northern California
We have provided 3 ways to find the lake of your dreams. An alphabetic list, a list by region or a list grouped by major highway, some of which are not very major. The latter is imperfect, as some lakes straddle more than one highway and may be listed twice, and others are out there by themselves and are therefore not listed in that section at all. Every lake we cover should be listed in the alphabetic list and the region list.
Most lakes that are accessible by vehicle are covered. We do not attempt to cover most back-country lakes available only to hikers or backpackers. But we do often mention them if they are in the vicinity of a covered lake. Occasionally, two or more lakes are covered together if they are very close-by and would make a logical pairing. Good luck.
|Bay Area||Gold Country|
|Central Coast||High Sierra|
|Central Valley||North Coast|
Click on any link below to access lakes located close to that road. In some cases a given lake may be listed on more than one list if it straddles more than one highway.
Columns, hopefully, are generally self-explanatory.
- Nearest Highway- the closest "major" road.
- Surface Acres- when available, an indication of size.
- Camp. Open- the usual month when at least one campground at the lake opens for the season. Always check if traveling early or late in the season as weather and other considerations may come into play.
- Elevation- when available, an indication of both potential opening dates and expected temperature issues. Obviously, the higher the elevation the cooler the weather and the higher the potential for snowfall and other weather-related issues.
- Comments- a very general overview of the fishery. Check the individual lake listing for a more comprehensive treatment. We have attempted to provide a clue as to whether the lake supports trout and other cold-water species, bass and other warm-water species, or both. We also attempt to indicate whether the lake is usually stocked. With the current California budget issues nothing is set in stone.
|Hwy. 4||Hwy. 50||Hwy. 108/120|
|Int. 5||Hwy. 70||Hwy. 168|
|Hwy. 20||Int. 80||Hwy. 180|
|Hwy. 36||Hwy. 88||Hwy. 299|
|Hwy. 44||Hwy. 89||Hwy. 395|
|Hwy. 49||Hwy. 101|