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Iron Canyon Reservoir

kayaking iron canyon reservoirPhoto Credit Barbara Barrett-Jerpe 

Iron Canyon Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Iron Canyon Reservoir is located in a sparsely populated region in a thickly wooded area about twenty-five miles north of the town of Big Bend. The long and winding access road becomes more difficult to drive on the nearer you come to the Kayaiking Iron Canyon Reservoirreservoir. The drive to and from the lake can get a little harrowing sharing the road with large trucks carrying lumber that drive too slow traveling up a hill or too fast and tailgate you on the way down.

The campground offers excellent wilderness campsite settings beneath a dense forest of conifers, but I personally would not drive an RV on the lake access road into the campground area, especially if it has recently rained. Chances are you will get stuck and it is a long hike to any services.

During low water levels the banks are soft and muddy which makes launching a kayak a bit difficult and messy.  But the advantage is when the lake’s water level is low it deters visitors, except for maybe the locals.  With access to the surrounding forest lands, you’ll discover an abundance of photographic opportunities of exquisite landscapes with astonishing vistas. You will witness panoramas of ragged volcanic skylines, lush green meadows, and dazzling timber-covered mountain sides as you glide along the lake’s crystal clear, blue waters. There is an abundance of wildlife as well including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Canada Geese, Merganser, Otter, Deer and bears.

 Fishing at Iron Canyon Reservoir consists of wild brown and rainbow trout and the kayak angler is often rewarded with a large quantity of trout in the spring time. The reservoir supports a wild trout fishery that is supplemented by annual plants of 4,000 rainbow and 4,000 brook trout by the Department of Fish and Game along with 10,000 fingerling.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 55 58 60 67 77 85 93 92 96 76 61 54
Low 34 36 38 44 48 55 60 60 55 48 39 34

Open: Iron Canyon Reservoir is open daily. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.

Fees: There is no day use fee or fee to launch, but Hawkins Landing Campground has a fThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookee to camp.

Reservoir Facilities: The facilities include a boat launch, swimming, sailing, fishing, small powered motorboats, and off-road four-wheeling. Jet and waterskiing are not allowed. Leashed pets are permitted. NOTE: Boats with deep drafts are not recommended due to the reservoirs shallow depth.


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