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Kidd Lake

Kayaking Kidd Lake

Kidd Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Kayaking Kidd LakeKidd Lake  is a remote paddling. retreat ideal for venturous kayakers.  The lake level is raised and lowered daily for power generation purposes, so the shoreline is sometimes muddy. Long Lake, a natural lake with crystal-clear water, is just one of many beautiful destinations within hiking distance.  However, the rocky dirt lake access road deters most paddlers from going here. RVs and vehicles pulling trailers should not attempt to drive on the lake access road. The nearest designated campground is located at Donner Lakes, but at Cascade Lakes there were a few pitched tents in the woods.

I didn’t see any designated launching, parking area, and there was only a limited places you could pull your vehicle to the side of the narrow road and hand launch. It is advisable to paddle this location with a companion. When I was there in 2010 there were bear sightings during the daytime by hikers.

No gas powered motors are allowed on either lake so you’re probably thinking, this should be an ideal destination to kayak fish. Right? Well, you had it half right. Kidd and Cascade Lakes are superb for flat water paddling, before water is drawn down to mud hole levels that is, but the fish taken here are few to none. Those that are caught are tiny four-inch brook trout which 4,000 are planted each year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 40 42 45 52 61 71 79 79 72 62 47 40
Low 14 10 21 25 31 37 41 41 45 28 21 15

Open: Boating is allowed daily from late May to late October weather permitting. Only electric motors are permitted at Kidd Lakes.

Fees: There aren’t any day use or launch fees.

LaThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookke Facilities: There is a small primitive dirt boat launch at Kidd Lake, hiking and bicycling trails, sailing, fishing, windsurfing and swimming. There are vault restrooms available. Only electric motorboats are allowed, but good luck getting your boat to either of these lakes.


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