Hell Hole Reservoir
Hell Hole Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
The long narrow reservoir provides exhilarating views for as far as your eyes can see. Located on the Rubicon River at 4700’ feet elevation, this magnificent boulder-lined shoreline is a paradise for adventurous paddlers who don’t mind desolate destinations that are a challenge just to get there. The winding lake access road is a long, slow drive. Hell Hole Reservoir’s out-of-the-way location helps decrease the crowds and boat congestion. It wouldn’t be unusual to discover you were the only soul around.
Hell Hole Reservoir is a beautiful and enjoyable
place to paddle. The three and a half mile
long artificial lake is maintained by the Upper Hell
Hole Dam and divided into three distinct sections:
Upper Hell Hole, the Narrows, and Lower Hell Hole.
For a fun day on the water, you can canoe, kayak and ride small motor-powered boats. The lake is rarely crowded, even in the height of summer. There are numerous small granite “islands” to explore on the lake, as well; depending upon what time of year it is, they may appear larger or smaller. The peak month for high water levels in Hell Hole reservoir is May, after which levels start to gradually go down again.
Hell Hole Reservoir is a prime kayak angling destination for kokanee salmon, mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout. Trolling deep for browns, Mackinaws and kolanee salmon is your best option. The Department of Fish and Game annually plants 2,000 browns, 10,000 fingerling rainbow trout and 35,000 fingerling kokanee salmon. Both browns and Macs can total up to 10 pounds each while 5-8 pounders are commonplace; Macs approaching 20 pounds have been caught here.
Open: The reservoir and campground are open from Memorial Weekend to the end of October, depending on early or late snowfall. Boating is allowed daily.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, but not day use or launch fees.
Reservoir Facilities: The reservoir facilities include power boating, fishing, sailing, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, hiking and horseback riding trails, and a boat launch. The boat launch access is located near the dam on the southwestern shore. The water in the lake is filterable. There are no parking or camping fees.