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Frenchman Lake

Kayaking Frenchman Lake

Frenchman Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Nestled at the base of pine-covered foothills in the high desert at the headwaters of the Feather River on Little Chance Creek lies this exquisite paddling get-a-way Frenchman LKayak Fishing Frenchman Lakeake is located in Plumas County surrounded by forested lands.  Frenchman Lake is located thirty miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, off of Highway 70 at 5800’ feet elevation.

The lake’s large size can still be enjoyed by novice paddlers if they paddle around the eastern arm by the main launch area. Or there is a hand launch access located at Lunker Point. Two concrete boat ramp launching sites accommodate the variety of water sports enjoyed on the lake's more than 1,500-acre surface. Kayaking, canoeing, water and jet  skiing are popular warm weather sports here.

Miles of scenic hiking trails wind through the park and around the lake, providing an array of photographic opportunities.  Mule deer are often sighted grazing along the shore.

Jan Feb Mar Apr Jay Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 43 47 53 60 68 78 87 86 78 66 53 44
Low 30 24 29 33 40 48 54 52 44 35 26 20

Frenchman Lake is top notch rainbow trout fishing destination with trout in the 15 to 16 inch class The best approach is to fish in the early spring and late fall when the bite on this lake can be spectacular. The lake’s numerous shallow coves also make it a popular lake for fly fishing.  Rainbow trout, including Eagle Lake strain, are stocked in FrenchmanThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

It also contains Kamloop-strain Rainbows, Brookies, Browns, and some catfish. The lake consists of two sections connected by a main channel. .The southern section that most flyfish are the areas north of the boat ramp and Crystal Point.


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