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Butte Lake                    

Kayaking Butte Lake
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Butte Lake Canoe, Kayak, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 You can experience the exhilaration of paddling with abandon and sense of solitude at Butte Lake due to the restriction of motorized boats and limited number oButee Lake Kayak Fishingf park visitors.

Eye-popping sunrise views of the gorgeous surrounding terrain provide a first-rate paddling experience for all levels of paddlers. A special feature of the lake is the campsites situated beneath dense pine groves in an unspoiled area. Camping is on first-come, first-served basis. Occasional deer and bear have been seen wandering in the campground, so use caution when hiking and storing your food. It is the perfect destination if you enjoy paddling and camping at remote locations.  Caution: Bears frequent the area. All food and scented products must be kept in the bear boxes provided at each campsite.

If Butte Lake were in a more easily accessible location, it would be one of the premier paddling destinations in Northern California. The lake access Road 18 to Butte Lake is approximately six miles on a gravel road with mobile grating that shakes your vehicles so hard your teeth chatter. Access to the lake is limited to car top boats only.

Several hiking and backpacking trails are located nearby. Hikers will find the trailhead for the Cinder Cone Trail, one of the most popular trails in the park that ascends a nearby volcanic dome.  kayaking butte lake

 This destination used to be a superb lake for trout fishing up until they stopped planting the lake with trout, but there’s still a few trout in the 10 to 13 inch class left over since it doesn’t receive a lot of visitors due to its out of the way location. The handful of times I have been here, I have seen a couple of fishermen, with a number of fish on their stringer, so apparently the fishing isn’t as bad as it is cracked up to be.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 47  52 570 64 73 81 89 89 83 71 54 46
Low 22 25 29 32 38 44 47 44 38 31 26 22

Open: The lake is open June 3rd to the end of October depending on snow conditions. Boats with motors are not allowed.

Fees: There is a day use and camping fee, but no fee to launch.

LThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookake Facilities: The facilities include a boat launch, swimming sailing, fishing, off-road four-wheeling, and hiking and horseback riding trails, self-pay station, a visitor's center, a camp host, ranger station, picnic tables, and food storage lockers. Jet and water-skiing are not permitted. Only car tops boats are allowed. No motorboats of any kind which is convenient for kayaks and canoes.  






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