Boca Reservoir Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Boca Reservoir provides a variety of aquatic activities including jet and waterskiing, sailing, power boating, fishing, windsurfing and swimming, but you would have never guessed it on the day I paddled here. The entire reservoir was void of boats due to the low water level that makes the one boat launch, located on the southwestern shore, inaccessible. However, it is the perfect time of year to paddle because most likely you’ll have the entire reservoir to yourself.
The reservoir spans over 900 acres and is a popular location for boating, water skiing, swimming and fishing. No water is available at the reservoir. You need to bring your own water supply.
Photo Credit Marty Meading
Boca Lake is stocked with several varieties of catchable trout in the summer and offers ice fishing in the winter. 18,000 catchable 10 to 12 inch rainbows are planted per year at Boca Reservoir, plus there are still a few kokanee salmon and brown trout although they have been decreasing in numbers.
Kayak fishing at Boca Reservoir is much less crowded than at other major lakes in the Sierra District, even though it's easily accessible from Highway 80 near Truckee.. Your best bet is to troll for trout using flashers early in the morning, or to fish for trout in one of the many inlets, by the dam, or by the rocky sections of the stream inlet.
Open: Boca Reservoir is open daily June through October for boating and camping.
Fees: There is a fee for camping.
Reservoir Facilities: The reservoir’s facilities include power boating, fishing, sailing, swimming, jet and waterskiing, hiking and horseback riding trails and a boat launch. A boat ramp is located near Boca Campground on the southwest end of the reservoir, but may be subject to closure during low water levels