East Park Reservoir
East Park Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
East Park Reservoir is open to all types of boating and has twenty-five miles of shoreline to explore at full water level capacity. As of the summer of 2013 there is only a faction of the reservoir to paddle due to the lack of rain for the past several years.
You can boat-in camp on a few islands for paddlers who enjoy primitive camping destinations. The western arm near the primitive boat launch is the perfect spot for novice paddlers. In addition to excellent paddling opportunities, there are miles of hiking trails that wind around the lake and throughout the park.
There is no charge for camping, day use, or launch fee. Perhaps because there are no boat launches, no showers, no running water, no electricity and only a few port-a-potties. Closer to the entrance the campsites have picnic tables but further out there aren’t any picnic tables. Camping is on a first come first serve basis. There wasn’t any cell phone service. If these few drawbacks don’t bother you, East Park Reservoir provides a pleasurable experience for all levels of paddlers.
East Park Reservoir provides year-round kayak angling for a thriving population of warm-water fish, including small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The ideal time of year for bass fishing is in the spring and early summer in the coves located on the southern end of the lake. In the summertime, the heat can become oppressive and the lake’s water level is drawn down.
Open: Boating is permitted year-round, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, weather permitting. During the rainy season the reservoir’s access roads are closed. The camping areas located on the southeast side of the reservoir are closed during the winter. Big View, Hide Out and Stonyford day use areas on the west shore are open all year.
Lake Facilities: The reservoir’s facilities include kayaking, canoeing,, SUP boarding, jet and waterskiing, power boating, fishing, windsurfing and hiking trails. A primitive boat launch is located on the northwest shore at the end of the lake access road. Dogs must be on a leash or be physically under control. Boating, swimming and other activities are done at your own risk.