Big Reservoir, also known as Morning Star, is located in the Tahoe National Forest, in a lush wonderland of magnificent pines and conifers towering above the shore. The reservoir is a relatively small body of water, and only has a surface area of 80 acres.
Fishing and boating at Big Reservoir are popular activities.
The reservoir’s 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit, two-and-a-quarter miles of shoreline and campground setting make it a popular destination for campers, anglers, paddlers and windsurfers in the summertime. There are also hiking and bicycling trails and off-road four wheeling opportunities at Big Reservoir. The water is warm enough in the summertime for swimming.
Big Reservoir is a haven for kayak anglers during the fall, spring and summer. Kayak anglers can look forward to a possible catch of rainbow trout. Locals recommend using spinner baits, black jigs and floating rapalas.
Open: During the winter, Big Reservoir is closed during snow and ice conditions.
Fees: There are day use, launch, pet, fishing permit, and camping fees.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities consist of vault toilets, water, a hand launch access, boat rentals, groceries, swimming, hiking, bicycling and ORV trails, fishing, windsurfing, and sailing. Gas powered boats and jet skis are not permitted. Pets are allowed.