Utica reservoir is the sister to Union Reservoir, and is located just off Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Small and very picturesque, it has a rocky, wooded shoreline and many islands that are fun to paddle to and explore. Only non-motorized boating is allowed here. Being forest service land, camping is allowed almost any place that is not marked as no camping, including a few islands.
While visiting this gorgeous alpine reservoir, please follow our Hop Lightly guidelines to help keep the environment pristine.
If you don’t have your own kayaks, boats or paddelboards, you can rent them on your way up the mountain from SNAC Arnold. Still in Arnold but a little further up is Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods where you can get your fishing license and other equipment.
You can get your picnic supplies, snacks, drinks and deli items from Arnold’s well-stocked grocery store, Big Trees Market. Or you can stop off at charming Camp Connell General Store further east. As you head out of Arnold, if you have time, we recommend visiting Calaveras Big Trees State Park with its impressive displays of massive giant sequoia trees.
Related links: Stanislaus National Forest/Calaveras Ranger District | Stanislaus National Forest – Camping
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