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Gold Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Incomparable paddling and camping opportunities can be found at this gorgeous high elevation alpine lake located in the Plumas National Forest. Gold Lake,unlike the other smaller lakes in the Lakes Basin Recreational Area, offers an assortment of aquatic pursuits and is open to all types of boating.
By far one of the most scenic lakes in this region, Gold Lake is part of the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Plenty kayaking, fishing, camping and hiking opportunities can be enjoyed at Gold Lake. Lakes Basin Recreation Area offers a number of awesome trails and lakes but it can get crowded on summer weekends. Avoid shorter hikes on holiday weekends if you don’t want to run into more than a handful of people.
Gold Lake has the most diverse fishery of the lakes in the Lake’s Basin area which comprise of mackinaw, brook, rainbow and brown trout.
Gold Lake is the largest lake in the chain and typically holds the biggest trout. You can find Mackinaw trout down to 100 feet deep in the summer months.
The Department of Fish and Game plants Gold Lake with 10,000 mackinaw fingerlings, 6,000 pounds of brook trout, and 4,000 rainbow trout per year. Of all of the lake’s in the Lake’s Basin Gold Lake offers the most rewarding kayak fishing opportunities. The only drawback about Gold Lake is it is a popular water and jet skiing and windsurfing destination, which disrupts the crystal clear water, and scares the fish away.
Open: The Lakes Basin Recreational Area is closed due to snow from mid-October until as late as mid-June. Boating is allowed daily from sunrise to sunset.
Fees: There are no day use or launch fees, but there is a fee to camp.
Lake Facilities: There is a gravel surface boat launch on the north shore and a paved boat launch on the eastern shore. You can also hand launch your boat at the small campground from the shore. Recreational opportunities at Gold Lake include jet and waterskiing, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, boating and swimming are allowed. There are hiking and bicycling trails.