Lake Valley Reservoir  - Placer County, CA

Elevation 5840 ft.

DESCRIPTION: Pleasant rolling, forested hills setting; quick easy access from I-80.

The long, somewhat narrow shape is great for flatwater paddling. The lake lies at an angle that the hills protect it from normal winds.

Silver Tip Picnic Area is provided and maintained by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company: 10 picnic sites. Season May through October. The lake is drawn down severely by late summer.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Yuba Gap exit to the south, follow Crystal Lake road east 0.4 mile to Big Valley Reservoir Road. Turn right (south) and follow for 1.2 mile then veer right on the Six Mile Valley Road. Campground ahead 0.7 mile. Boat ramp and picnic area is on the left fork of the road. 

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Boating Lakes & Reservoirs ( Best)
Fishing boats with 10-mph limit and small non-motorized craft. Boat ramp at Silver Tip Picnic Site, but water low by late summer. Flatwater paddling is excellent as the speed limit favors paddling or small fishing boats. Long lake allows you to flex your muscles. Watch for winds but the lake is normally protected by the hills better than most lakes.

 Camping (Good)
Lodgepole Campground is operated by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. 35 campsites, fees. Operated from late June through Labor Day.

 Fishing (Good)
Bullhead catfish are out competing trout and dominate the lake population, but rainbow catchables and fingerlings planted regularly. Early season fishing is the best with a few rainbows in the 12-17 range.

NEARBY LOCATIONS:
Campgrounds
Lodgepole Campground
Communities
Colfax

 

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