Blue Lakes - Carson Pass
Blue Lakes Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
The Blue Lakes are one-in-a-million places to paddle if you enjoy an unspoiled alpine setting. The lakes are one of California’s premier paddling destinations, ideal for adventurous paddlers who crave remote getaways. Many paddlers consider these lakes to be two of the most beautiful lakes in Northern California. Blue Lakes are part of a cluster of lakes, 12 miles south of Highway 88 at Hope Valley.
Blue Lakes offers some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the state of California. Even though the catch here is primarily rainbow trout, there are a few cut- throat and brook trout as well. Both lakes have a dirt launch access, or you can hand launch from a number of the campsites positioned by the shore.
Open: Snowfall makes the lake access road impassible from the end October to late spring. Boats with motors are not allowed. Kayaking is allowed from sunrise to sunset. The four main campgrounds are open as soon as the road is plowed free of snow in early summer to mid-October, depending on snowfall.
Fees: There are camping and pets fees.
Lake Facilities: The lakes offer boating, swimming, and fishing. Unimproved boat ramps are available at both Upper and Lower Blue Lakes. There are no supplies available at Blue Lakes. The lake facilities consist of fishing, hiking, swimming, and non-motorized boats. Pets are permitted. There is a 3-mile hiking trail around Upper Blue Lake and a 2-mile trek up to Granite Lake makes an interesting half day hike from Blue Lakes.