Lake Camanche includes a multi-award winning campground with year-round recreation and fishing with 54 miles of shoreline and 7,700 surface acres of water for all your outdoor recreational activities. When visiting, please help keep Calaveras beautiful by following best practices outlined in our Hop Lightly program.
The lake features family and group camping by the lake shoreline, cottages, RV sites, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, equestrian trails and equestrian camping. Lake Camanche is also a popular venue for outdoor weddings, festivals, and corporate events.
Lake Camanche: Fishing & Boating
Excellent Bass and Trout fishing provide year-round fishing access. Although it’s best known for great bass fishing, it is also a favorite of trout anglers. 60,000 lbs. of trout are planted every year between October and May with each weighing at least a pound up to trophy sized eight (8) pounders. Get the latest fishing reports and current lake conditions.
If you’ve always wanted to learn to fish, or improve your angling skills, ProCast Fishing’s expert can help you get the most from your trip to Lake Camanche.
The lake is perfect for personal watercraft, jet-skiing, and wakeboarding and features eight lane launch ramps. 50 slip covered berths area available at the North Shore Marina. Slips rent fast, so call before they’re all gone: 1-209-763-5166
A large variety of fishing boats, kayaks, paddleboards, pontoons, and party barges are available for rent by the hour, half day or full day. You can also rent life vests, ski vests and boat cushions for a small fee. Getting onto the lake means you can enjoy private islands accessible only by boat. You don’t need any boat driving experience – instruction is given when you rent. If you decide to hire a “Samantha” party boat a boat captain can get you out to your destination, dock the boat and come back to pick you up when you’re ready. Get information on kayak, paddleboard and barge renting. For full kayaking details, check out this 2015 article on CaliforniaPaddling.com.
Pets are allowed camping and there are some pet friendly cottage units. There is also equestrian camping. For kids, Lake Camanche offers kid programs during the summer season and outdoor, kid friendly movies!
Lake Camanche: Marinas
There are marina stores on both the north and south lake shores with thousands of camping, fishing, and food items for your convenience. The north shore also has a cafe serving burgers, kale salads, breakfast burritos and more. Right next door is an ice cream parlor. Camanche is a great venue for your special event, party, meeting, festival or wedding. Learn more about the Lakeside Hall and Clubhouses.
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Lake Camanche: Camping
You can book your campsites online choosing from more than 550 tent camping sites spread over the North and South Shores. Campsite amenities include bbqs. water, picnic tables, hot showers, laundry facilities and restrooms. Primitive sites usually have no amenities like water, picnic tables or restrooms close by.
If you’re new to camping, Lake Camanche has a Rent My Tent program which provides a premium tent so you don’t have to deal with the fuss of getting set up, or purchasing equipment you may use only once or twice a year. A two night minimum reservation is required and extra services are available for higher pricing.
Get more information on Lake Camanche Camping
While you’re enjoying this beautiful environment, please observe our Hop Lightly guidelines to help keep Calaveras beautiful, to keep you safe and to keep wild animal habitats safe.