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Echo Lakes

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Echo Lakes Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Exploring the Desolation Wilderness Area starting from Echo Lakes is a fabulous way to diKayak Fishing Echo Lakesscover this unspoiled territory. Echo Lakes is an incredible haven to escape from the typical day to day grind and savor a little peace and tranquility. The wilderness area covers about 60,000 acres, with over 50 lakes and streams to explore.

Echo Lakes is located twenty-one miles from Truckee, near Echo Summit  in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 7414’ elevation.  It’s surrounded by amazing scenery and provides loads of recreational activities for a fun filled outing.

This picturesque lake offers a diversity of scenery, plentiful sheltered inlets, and numerous islands to explore at low water levels. The lake’s rugged and rocky shoreline provides only limited pullout access locations.

A wide range of outdoor recreational activities can be enjoyed at Echo Lakes, which in turn makes it a popular summer destination. Echo Lakes is truly a premier paddler’s wonderland for a summer day of enjoyment, and it's easy to see why. It’s a natural lake situated just south of Lake Tahoe among granite mountain peaks covered with fir and pine that reach to the water’s edge. It is one of the most picturesque natural lakes found in the high Sierra's.

Echo Lakes is a delightful place to kayak and canoe. All types of boating are allowed in the lower lake, but waterskiing is prohibited in the upper lake. Water and jet skiing, and wakeboarding are only allowed from 9 am until the time that direct sunlight leaves Flag Pole Peak, and must travel in a counter clockwise direction. Boating is allowed seven days a week from about May 31st to September 30th, depending on weather conditions. All watercraft are required to be inspected for quagga mussels. Boat access is only allowed during the marina's normal business hours

Since waterskiing is not permitted in Upper Echo Lake, it provides a more peaceful setting. Once you enter into the upper lake, the scenery is much prettier and there are fewer houses to detract from the surrounding beauty.Kayaking Echo Lakes

The lower lake, where you put in, is the larger of the two lakes and where most of the homes along the shore are located. Paddle near the shoreline on Lower Echo Lake to avoid the fast-moving jet skis and powerboats. The lower lake has a full service marina, boat launching facilities, boat rentals, and groceries.

Fishing is more rewarding on Lower Echo Lake than Upper Echo Lake, (which is a nicer place to paddle due to the 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit), but the fishing isn’t as good. Fishing from your kayak at Echo Lakes is excellent but it is also successful from along the shore near or from off of the dam. The catch at Echo Lakes is limited to kokanee salmon, rainbow, and brook trout.

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Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 41 42 46 53 61 70 79 79 72 62 49 420
Low 15 17 20 26 32 37 40 38 33 26 20 14

Open: Boating is allowed seven days a week from about May 31st to September 30th depending on weather conditions. All watercraft are required to be inspected for quagga mussels. Boat access is only allowed during the marina's normal business hours.

Fees: There is a $5.00 fee to launch a kayak.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: The lake facilities include powerboating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, jet and waterskiing, hiking and horseback riding trails, a boat launch, marina, boat rentals, (including canoes), restrooms, a grocery store and lodging at Echo Lake Chalet. Pets are allowed on a six foot lease.

 

 
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