Union Reservoir

Union Reservoir, sister to Utica Reservoir, is a small, beautiful lake off the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. Here, you can paddle out to picturesque private islands and feel like the wilderness is all yours.

Calaveras Outdoor Recreation: Union Reservoir | Jill Seale

Union Reservoir, the sister to Utica Reservoir, is in the Stanislaus National Forest at an elevation of over 8,000 feet. Small no-frills campgrounds are set near this beautiful lake formed in majestic Sierra granite. Take a canoe, a fishing pole (with license) and your restful vacation is assured. Stay on one of the small islands for a perfect getaway. Make sure to pack all necessary provisions and take your trash out with you. This lake is miles from a gas station or store. Camping is $16 per person on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow our Hop Lightly guidelines to help keep this wildlife habitat pristine.

If you don’t have your own kayak or canoe, you can rent all of your equipment from SNAC in Arnold. You can also pick up supplies from Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. Get your provisions from the well-stocked Big Trees Market or the charming Camp Connell General Store.

Union Reservoir | Jill Seale

Beautiful terrain at the reservoir | Jill Seale

Related links:  Stanislaus National Forest/Calaveras Ranger District

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Union Reservoir | Jill Seale

The views are spectacular | Jill Seale

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