Eastman Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Spring is an ideal time to paddle this lake with emerald green hillsides covered with an amazing array of wildflowers. Winter is also a good time; though fog and overcast skies can keep the temperatures cool. Summer is to be avoided, except early and late in the days. Rattlesnakes are abundant.
The lake provides plenty of space for water and jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, and pleasure boating. Launch ramps are located in the Chowchilla and Codorniz recreation areas. Certain parts of the lake have speed and closure restrictions.
The northeastern arm on Eastman Lake is closed to all boats. Along the northwestern shoreline there is a 5 m.p.h. buoy area, which is a nice location for novice paddlers. The 5 m.p.h. buoy area is accessible from a boat launch located off of Road 29 at the day use area.
The lower southeastern shore accessible from the Codorniz launch, has sheltered scenic coves to explore for those who desire a short relaxing paddle. There is an abundance of wildlife in the area. I saw several bobcats and deer during my trips to Eastman Lake.
Kayak anglers will find fishing a satisfying challenge. Eastman Lake produces a wide variety of fish including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and rainbow trout that are planted during the winter months.
Open: Eastman Lake is open daily all year for kayaking from an hour before sunrise to sunset. There is no posted boat speed limit except for in the restricted 5 m.p.h. zones.
Fees: If you camp at Eastman Lake, there isn’t any day use or launch fees. However, there is a fee to camp and for pets.
Lake Facilities: Outdoor recreational activities abound with opportunities to mountain bike, boat, camp, fish, hike, horseback ride, hunt, picnic, and paddle on the lake for hours. There are fields for horseshoes, volleyball, and baseball, but the lake is most popular with kayak anglers who reel in trout, bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappies. There are two boat launches, swimming, fishing, power boating, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails. Pets are allowed on a leash. Cell phone access is spotty, and there are tons of bugs (but no mosquitos, thankfully).