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Crystal Lake

Kayaking Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

There are excellent paddling opportunities for all levels of paddlers at Crystal Lake. Baum Lake, located just north of Crystal Lake, winds its way into Crystal kayaking crystal lakeLake. Both of these lakes are long meandering arms of the Hat Creek River. Crystal Lake is accessible by launching from Baum Lake.

Enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and picnicking while you visit Crystal Lake.  Adult Canadian geese and their goslings enhance springtime wildlife viewing at Crystal Lake. Observe 200-300 geese on the  grounds and along the shores of the lake. Spring and summer visits also provide excellent sightings of ospreys nesting nearby.

There are vault toilet facilities in the parking lot at Baum Lake, but no water, which doesn’t allow you to wash off the ugly algae from the bottom of your boat before you load your craft back onto your vehicle.

Consistently excellent fishing opportunities is what best describes Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake allows kayak anglers the opportunity to catch trophy trout while pursuing planter-sized rainbows and browns through-out the year.

The Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery, located adjacent to Baum Lake, plants 17,000 rainbows and 2,000 German browns in Crystal Lake each year. In addition, wild trout are also caught here. The lake is open to fishing year round, but the best time of year to hook a large-size trout is from December through February.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 47 52 57 64 73 81 89 89 83 71 54 46
Low 22 25 29 32 38 44 47 44 38 31 26 22

Open: The lake is open daily for boating year-round from sunrise to sunset. Only electric motors are allowed. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.

Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no launch fee.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: The facilities consist of vault toilets in the parking area, fishing, and sailing. Swimming, windsurfing, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Only electric motors are allowed..


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