Courtright Reservoir Photo Credit Michelle Nick
Courtright Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
After the solitary drive through towering pine forests and the awesome giant redwood trees in the Mckinley Grove, little did I realize the sight that awaited me at Courtright Reservoir. Your first view of this mystical reservoir is of the unusual dome-shaped rock formations, which create a surreal atmosphere perhaps like you would imagine seeing in another world.
The Department of the Fish and Game plants per year with 26,000 rainbow trout in the 10 to 12-inch class. If you fish right after the lake has been planted you’re likely to have pretty good action. The lake is usually open for fishing from around May 1st to November 15th, depending on weather conditions and road closures. There were only a few boaters which are mostly fishermen cruising around trolling for trout in aluminum boats, the handful of time I was here.
There are six small remnant giant sequoia groves in the area, including Wishon, Silver Creek, Burro, Maggie Mountain, Middle Tule and Upper Tule Groves.
Open: Courtright Reservoir is open daily from May 1st to November 15th from sunrise to sunset for boating. Early or late snowfall can alter these dates. There is a 15 m.p.h. boat speed limit. The campgrounds are open from May 30th to September 5th.
Fees: There’s no day use or launch fee. However, a camping fee is collected by a camp host.
Reservoir Facilities: There are chemical toilets, power boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, sailing and windsurfing. Jet and waterskiing are not permitted. A public boat launching facility is available at the south end of the lake, no fees or permits are required. The Cliff Lake Trailhead provides access to the Dinkey Lakes and the Maxson Trailhead provides access to the John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. Wilderness permits are required for overnight stay. Horseback riding and guided pack services are available.