Collins Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Colllins Lake lies nestled amid the rolling foothills of California's Gold Country, about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The man-made lake has become a popular kayaking and camping destination with more than 12 miles of shoreline to explore.
Collins Lake has a variety of exceptionally beautiful coves to explore in the upper northern section. There are designated fishing and waterskiing zones and restricted times of the year when waterskiing is allowed. Waterskiing is permitted only in the lower half of the lake from May 15th to September 30th. All types of boating are permitted except for jet skis. The main activities at Collins Lake are windsurfing and waterskiing. The recreation area by the swimming beach has restrooms, showers and a snack bar.
Collins Lake has a reputation for its trophy-size trout and it also holds an abundance of bass catfish, bluegill, and crappie, which may be one of the reasons why on the weekends in the summertime it is extremely crowded. The Department of Fish and Game plants a fairly large amount of catchable trout yearly. In the spring fishing for trout provides the best action, and in the beginning in the early summer bass fishing is good.
Open: Collins Lake is open daily all seasons for boating. The day use operating hours in the summer are from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. During the winter hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Waterskiing is allowed from May 15th to September 30th. There is no posted boat speed limit except 5 m.p.h. in the coves in the summer, 20 m.p.h. in the winter. Gates open at dawn, and stay open until dusk in the off season and 10 p.m. during the summer.
Facilities: The facilities include a boat launch, boat rentals, gasoline, a full-service marina, grocery store, snack bar, swimming, fishing, power boating, shoreline camping, windsurfing, sailing, and hiking and bicycling trails. Jet skiing is not allowed. The marina and boat launch are located on western shore off of Collins Lake Road.