Elizabeth Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map # 37 Miles of Shoreline: 1.5 Lake Surface Acres: 35 Elevation: 3550’ Address: Elizabeth Lake Road Lake Hughes, CA 91390 Ph: 805 296-9710
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.
The 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.
Kayak 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. The drought in California has effected Elizabeth Lake's water level which is extremely low. Call before departing for current water level conditions. As of July 2015 the lake is dried up.
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.