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