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Haven Lake

Kayaking Haven Lake

Haven Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

At the first light of day, when the sun casts picture-perfect reflections onto the water’s surface, is the ideal time to paddle Haven Lake. There’s no better way to ease Kayaking Haven Lakeyour inner turmoil than to paddle this beautiful haven at dawn. The peaceful atmosphere provides a soul-stirring paddle amidst a dense pine and conifer forest. Haven Lake is one of a series of small lakes located in the Lakes Basin Area that offers a pleasant interlude and spellbinding scenery. A thick canopy of trees hugs the shoreline which provides a cool retreat and shady campsite settings.

The limited number of campsites boasts great lake views but the primitive campsites and vault toilets were not well maintained when I was here. Haven Lake is an easy paddle ideal for novice paddlers. It is often overlooked by visitors due to its small size, unmarked location, and tiny parking lot. Picnicking spots are plentiful, but there are only five primitive tent sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Wildlife lovers can often catch a glimpse of deer, foxes, rabbits, bear, raccoons and various species of birds. Haven Lake is another destination if you didn’t know it existed, most likely you’d drive right by and never know you did. The lake is almost completely hidden from view from Gold Lakes Road. You’re not likely to encounter anyone else here either, including fishermen, because Haven Lake is only stocked with 1000 fingerling brook trout by the Department of Fish and Game per year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 48 54 54 60 69 78 85 85 80 69 54 48
Low 29 30 32 35 41 47 53 52 48 41 33 29

Open: Haven Lake is open June to October depending on early or late snowfall. Motorized boats are not permitted.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookFees: There are no day use or launch fees but there is a fee to camp.

Lake Facilities: There are five primitive tent sites with vault toilets, but no water or boat launch. Fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, SUP boarding and hiking are allowed.

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