July 27, 2017

Calaveras Lakes and Rivers

Calaveras lakesDID YOU KNOW…

…there are 5 large lakes, 2 major rivers and multiple small lakes and creeks in Calaveras? That means there are plenty of beautiful places to play on and in the water. Bring your fishing gear and swimsuits, boats, inner-tubes, paddle boards, kayaks and dinghies, or rent them locally!

Enjoy beautiful Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis, a top destination for birdwatching enthusiasts in California. Here you can also enjoy a wide variety of water sports including boating, fishing and kayaking along 55 miles of scenic shoreline surrounded by the Table Mountain range.

Western Calaveras could be called the “Lakes Region,” due to its 3 large lakes with multiple water recreational activities available:

Lake Camanche covers 12 square miles and is the ultimate big bass fishing destination. For kayakers, make sure to visit the most scenic areas of the lake: China Gulch and Lancha Plana coves. The lake features two full service marinas and two boat launches.

New Hogan Lake is the perfect place for viewing wildlife and wildflowers periodically throughout the year. It’s also a great place for viewing large varieties of bird species. Waterskiing is permitted in some areas and there is plenty of camping and picknicking available. Other activities to enjoy here include sailing, fishing, boating and swimming. Enjoy 48 miles of pristine shoreline.

Pardee Lake features great fishing, boating, camping, hiking and picnicking options and a full service marina. Here, you will not be disturbed by swimmers, water skiers or jet skis, so get ready for some peaceful lake time! If you want a dip in the water, two swimming pools are available, and there are also RV sites with full hook-ups. Managed by EBMUD, the area is beautifully maintained and there are lots of opportunities to see wildlife and migratory birds.

The largest of our lakes is New Melones in Angels Camp which consists of 100 miles of shoreline. Recreational activities include waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, boating windsurfing and sailing. There are three boat launches and a marina. Some of the largest bass have been caught in this lake, nearly breaking the world record. Enjoy camping in the Glory Hole Recreation area, guided ranger hikes, biking and hiking trails.

Upcountry, enjoy White Pines Lake just outside Arnold – the perfect place to dip your kayak in the water, go swimming or fishing. Sandy beaches along the pine and evergreen lined lake at a 4,000 ft elevation, make your day on the lake easy and relaxing. Right next to the lake is a children’s play area, and there are plenty of picnic tables scattered along the edges of the lake. This area of the county boasts numerous other small mountain lakes to enjoy.

Beyond Calaveras, continue east along the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway to reach Mosquito Lake and Alpine Lake, Union and Utica Lakes and Spicer Reservoir  – all beautiful high country lakes set in spectacular alpine scenery.

For more on lakes in Calaveras, see our Calaveras Lakes page.

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