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Keswick Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Northern California’s Sacramento River system provides diverse and unique paddling and fishing opportunities. Keswick Reservoir is the afterbay of Shasta Lake, which is one of the largest lakes in California. The reservoir is an outdoor paradise of fresh sparkling, blue water, awe-inspiring inlets, investigative hiking and biking trails, first-class kayak fishing, and so much more.
Kayak Fishing: Keswick Reservoir is located nine miles downriver from Shasta Dam. The dam creates Keswick Reservoir, afterbay for Shasta Lake. The dam has fish trapping facilities in conjunction with the Coleman Fish Hatchery, 25 miles downstream on Battle Creek.
Although, California Department of Fish and Game occasionally plants fish in the Keswick Reservoir, the majority of the fish taken here are native. There is a healthy population of wild trout, including German browns and rainbows, but Keswick Reservoir does not have salmon or steelhead. The reservoir shares attributes of both lake and stream offering fly, spin, and bait fishing. Wild rainbow trout to 19 pounds provide sufficient motivation.
Open: Keswick Reservoir is open all year for paddling and picnicking.
Fees: There’s no entrance, day use, or launch fees.
Lake Facilities: On warm days, the reservoir’s refreshing waters will be luring you to dangle your toes in, unfortunately, I am not sure if swimming, and water body contact is allowed. Some say it is, and others have told me that it is not.The facilities consist of a small paved launch ramp and parking area, a boat dock, restrooms, and a picnic area with little, if any, shade. Fishing, boating, hunting, hiking and bicycle trails can also be enjoyed here. Boat launch facilities are located on the south end of the reservoir. Shore fishing access is available on the west shore. Boat launching facilities on the south end of the reservoir.