Lake Camanche’s diverse topography
provides an array of scenic coves to paddle, which
are accessible from two boat launches located on the
northern and southern sides of the lake.
the Sierra Nevada foothills, this large lake offers
types of boating and
paddling opportunities for all levels of paddlers.
Beginning paddlers can launch from the south shore
and paddle up through the Narrows to the China Gulch
and Lancha Plana coves, which are two of the
prettiest areas on the lake. There is a 5 m.p.h.
zone two hundred feet of the shoreline around the
lake’s entire perimeter.
Take in the abundance of wildlife while paddling.
.You may catch a glimpse of wild turkey, quail and
dove, eagles, ospreys, hawks, white pelicans, geese
and ducks along the water Be on the lookout for deer
At the North Shore you can hike or horseback
ride along the China Gulch trail, taking in the
views of the lake along 10.2 miles of trail with an
Lake Camanche is an ultimate fishing
destination for huge bass. The different
species of bass in the lake consists of
small and Florida-strain largemouth, Alabama
spotted and northern bass. The large trout
pond at South Shore is great for bank
fishing for children or to drift your float
tube. The bass population gets a boost from
fingerling Florida-strain largemouth bass.
Open: Lake Camanche is open to seven days a week
year-round for boating, one-hour before sunrise to
one-hour after sunset except when
the lake closes
due to high wind conditions.
Lake Camanche does not
have any posted boat speed limit except for the 5
m.p.h. speed limit within two-hundred feet of the
shoreline. Kayaks and canoes must be ten feet in
length and at least twenty-three inches wide. Due to
the growing presence of the invasive Zebra and
Quagga mussel in California, mandatory boat
inspections will be conducted prior to