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Castle Lake                    

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

 The radiant beauty of this breathtaking alpine lake, situated at 6540’ feet elevation above the town of Mt. Shasta, offers awesome sights of jagged granite mountains. Pine forests encompass this beautiful paddling haven which provides a scenic and leisurely paddle in a pCanoeing Castle Lakeeaceful atmosphere.

Photo Credit Barbara Barrett-Jerpe

Castle Lake is visited more frequently by sightseers and hikers, than by paddlers seeking to capture photographs of the magnificent Mt. Shasta which stands at 14,162 feet elevation. There is a turn-out spot midway along Castle Lake Road, which provides incredible views of Mt. Shasta.  There is a tiny four-foot hand launch and restrooms near the parking lot. NOTE: Use caution when launching. The broken cement on the launch ramp is slippery.

Trolling for trout provides fair action at Castle Lake, or another option is to fly-fish from along the northern shore right after the Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with 2,000 rainbows in the 10 to 12" range and 1,500 fingerlings. You’ll have success hooking brook and rainbow trout with salmon eggs, roe, mini-crawlers, red worms and bright-colored power bait.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 28 48 52 59 67 76 83 84 76 64 50 40
Low 26 29 30 33 39 45 49 48 43 27 30 26

Open: Castle Lake is open daily mid-May through the end of October, depending on road closures in the wintertime due snowfall, or when the lake’s water surface is frozen over. The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

Fees: There aren’t any fees to camp, to launch, for day use or for pets.

Facilities: There is a hand launch access, swimming, windsurfing, fishing and hiking. Boats with motors are not permitted. Leashed pets are allowed. NOTE: Bring your own water.




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