Alpine Lake is a hidden gem that features superb
paddling opportunities. This is the
to paddle with whole family especially on a warm and
sunny day. The best time to
visit is April to May and in October.
has some of the best tainbow trout fishing around. The lake is
planted with trout regularly from Memorial Day
through Labor Day. You’ll find a mixture of wild
hold over and rainbow trout.
Lake Alpine is a small, scenic lake
located just east of the community of Bear Valley on
State Highway 4. It lies nestled in a timbered
setting at an elevation of 7,350 feet and covers 180
are many areas where the water is shallow enough for
just wading. Mature conifer forest surrounds the
shore of Lake Alpine, in
mountain setting in the Stanislaus National Forest.
You can swim but the lake’s
water does not warm up until the middle of August.
Steady winds blow out of the west in afternoon.
On many days the lake is buffeted by strong winds
and unpredictable gusts.
The lake and campground are open
day and close for the season around the end of
September. A gate closes the lake access road after
the first snowfall. There is a 10
m.p.h. boat speed
limit. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake at
night but you can kayak.
At the lake there is a free public
launch ramp, parking, and boat rentals
in the summer. Lake Alpine Resort
contains a store and restaurant. Alpine Lake is managed for power
boating, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing,
swimming, picnicking, hunting, rock climbing, hiking
and mountain biking. There is a small boat launch,
picnic tables, barbecue grills, and flush toilets.
There is easy hand launch access to the water.
The boat ramp is located at the Lake Alpine picnic
area. Overnight mooring to the dock is not allowed.