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Kirkwood Lake

Kayaking Kirkwood Lake
 Photo Credit Jim Snyder

Kirkwood Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

The radiant beauty of this tiny alpine haven located amidst magnificent pines and a boulder-covered shoreline would be an ideal paddling destinationcanoeing Kirkwood Lake, if it weren’t for the crowds. The lake’s spellbinding scenic terrain can still be enjoyed in the early morning at this crowded destination. During the late spring and the early fall when the crowds are gone or during midweek are the best times to enjoy a short tranquil paddle around Kirkwood Lake.

The timbered shoreline surrounding Kirkwood Lake helps protect it from gusty winds. The huge boulders along the shoreline and in the camping area provide impressive sights and a one-of-a-kind paddling experience.  Lake front shady campsites scattered throxughout a towering pine forest provide breathtaking views of this beautiful lake.

The mountains that surround Kirkwood Lake form impressive sights while fishing on its peaceful waters for the few small-sized 1000 rainbow trout that are stocked yearly. It is an stunning retreat, but the parking and number of campsites are limited, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Average
Temp
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 44 47 51 57 66 75 83 82 75 65 53 44
Low 18 20 24 28 34 40 44 43 37 25 22 17

Open: The lake is closed from about mid-October to mid-June for boating and camping due to heavy snowfall. Motorized boats are not allowed. Boating is allowed daily from sunrise to sunset. The lake has a 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit.

Fees: There is no day use or launch fee, but there is a fee to camp.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: Boats with motors, and jet or waterskiing are not permitted. Pets are allowed on a 6’ foot leash. NOTE: I don’t recommend driving an RV to this location.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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