Paddle Notes: NOTE: The 2013 Powerhouse Fire has
wasted away all but a few trees from the lake area.
The blaze had burned about 35 square miles of very
dry brush in the Angeles National Forest mountains
and canyons, some of which hadn't burned since 1929. The surrounding mountains are completely charred and
bare. Due to the fire, the west "beach" is a mud bog
of ash. The lake has been so
devastated by the fire that the water is green and has a foul smell
throughout. There is garbage littered all around the
western end of the lake from the boat launch
to what used to be the reeds.
fire threatened Green Valley in San Francis Quito
Canyon. Then it veered west toward Castaic Lake
before speeding toward Elizabeth Lake and Lake
Hughes, almost overrunning the towns. After
residents in the Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake
areas were allowed back home, they were cautioned to
be mindful of fallen trees and those with
private wells were advised to boil their water
before drinking or cooking with
Elizabeth Lake is a lake located
directly on the San Andreas Fault in the Angeles
National Forest in Los Angeles County, California.
To use the parking lot, you need to purchase an
Adventure Pass from a Ranger District Office or
authorized local merchant. Ph: 805 296-9710. Or you
can park on the street. Elizabeth Lake is a nice
place to kick back and relax. A portion of the lake
is owned by the U.S. Forest Service with the
remainder is privately owned. The wilderness area is
a draw for boaters, campers and hikers.
Fishing: The lake is stocked with rainbow trout
during the fall and spring months by the Department
of Fish and Game. There are also bass, crappie,
catfish and bluegill in here. There’s usually a few
fishermen in float tubes and along the shore. Most
bait fishing is done with rainbow colored power
bait, the glitter ones work the best. Usually scud
imitations and wooly buggers work, but anglers have
had good luck with streamers and leech patterns,
which on occasion hooks the smaller bass.
Holder-over trout from the previous season’s
plantings do grow quite well with the scud and
insect population and the very cold water temps
during the winter months.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The summers are in the
high 80s and 90s and winters are cold and windy, in
the 30s and 40s. West winds at 20 to 30 m.p.h with
gusts to 45 m.p.h in the evening are a common
occurrence. The gusty winds blow dust in the
afternoon at times. This area is prone to forest
fires. Call before departing to check for forest
Terrain: Elizabeth Lake is in the Antelope
Valley, surrounded by rolling golden hills. Public
access is only on the north side of the lake where
the parking lot is located.
Open: It is open year-round for day use only.
Fees: There is no day use fee, but you need an
Adventure Pass if you want to park.
Lake Facilities: The lake offers fishing and
boating for sailboats, non-motorized watercraft and
boats with 10 h.p. or less. Swimming is not
permitted. A picnic area is provided. Camping is
available about a one mile away from the lake. There
are no rental boats available. Float-tubing is
allowed with lifevest. There is no running water and
only chemical toilets. Launching is free of charge.
Float tubing is allowed with life vest.
Lake Directions: From Lebec, off of I-5 drive
south 8 miles. Exit Quail Lake Road and drive .5
miles. Turn left on SR -138. Drive 12.8 miles. Turn
right onto Three Points Road. Drive 3 miles. Keep
straight into CR-N2 (Pine Canyon Road). Keep
straight onto CR-N2 )(Elizabeth lake Road.) Turn
right onto Trail K Hand launch and then park along