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Alpine Lake    

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Alpine Lake is a hidden gem that features superb paddling opportunities. This is the place to paddle with whole family espkayaking Alpine Lakeecially on a warm and sunny day. The best time to visit is April to May and in October.

 Lake Alpine 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 acres. There are many areas where the water is shallow enough for just wading. Mature conifer forest surrounds the shore of Lake Alpine, in a  mountain setting in the Stanislaus National Forest.  

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 41 42 46 53 61 70 79 79 72 62 49 42
Low 15 17 22 26 32 37 40 38 33 26 20 14

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 Memorial 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 boaThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookting, 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.





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