Copco Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #210 Miles of Shoreline: 11 Lake Surface Acres: 1000 Elevation: 2613’ Copco Road Montague, CA 96064 Ph: 530 842-3521
Copco Lake lies in a mountainous country of northern California's Shasta Cascade region. It is inviting for those who are looking for a place to paddle in a remote area with primitive camping.
Copco Lake offers excellent paddling opportunities and wildlife viewing. As you paddle, watch for a variety of wildlife. Black-tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons, porcupines, beavers, otters, muskrats and turtles are some of the animals that call the area home.
There are several fantastic places to explore around the lake that provide private retreats. The lake is primarily used by fishermen due to the 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit.
The fish at Copco Lake may not be large but there are an abundance of them. Copco Lake generally has largemouth bass in the 1 to 3 pound range, but the lake also hosts trout, catfish and hordes of perch in the 5 to 7 inch range and the trout in the 1 to 6 pound range. Kayak fishing is excellent for trout and perch. There are also thriving populations of bass and catfish.
Open: Copco Lake is open daily all year. There is a 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit.
Fees: There aren’t any day use, camping or launch fees.
Lake Facilities: There are three picnic sites, cabin and boat rentals, (including canoes), fishing, swimming, windsurfing, power boating, sailing, hiking, and chemical toilets. Jet and waterskiing are allowed in a designated area. Improved launching facilities are available and all boating is permitted but limited to a 10 mph speed restriction in most areas.
Directions: In the town of Henley, off of Interstate 5, exit on Copco Road (Main Street) traveling northeast for about eighteen miles. (You will go past Iron Gate Reservoir for about eleven miles.) Or you can take the Ager Beswick Road for about fifteen-point-eight miles to reach the Mallard Cove campground and boat launch. From Interstate 5, take the Grenada exit and turn right. Turn left on Copco Road and drive three miles. Turn right on Ager Beswick Road and drive sixteen miles to the campground.