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Lake Britton Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Lake Britton is an outdoor paradise of fresh blue water, awe-inspiring coves, investigative trails, and first class fishing. Recreational opportunities at the lake seem to have almost no end: you can bike, swim, boat, hike, wakeboard, water ski, camp, kayak, and fish. While paddling, keep watch for bald eagles, black-tailed deer, black bears, osprey, and a plethora of other wildlife
If kayaking isn't your cup of tea, try hiking or mountain biking along the extensive trail system. Perfect for a lazy walk or heart-pumping run, the shoreline trails range in difficulty from easy to challenging, offering you access to spectacular views of the area's diverse flora and fauna. Take your waterbottle and camera with you because once you're out on the trails, you may not want to head back for quite awhile.
The lake is formed by a dam of the Pit River and is filled by the Pit River, and the Cayton, Clark, Hat, and Burney Creeks. It covers roughly seven miles of the Pit River's channel. The lake is maintained by P G & E as a source of hydroelectric energy and for recreation.
While the park only encompasses a small part of the lake, it does feature a very family-friendly beach as well as a boat ramp, docks and rentals. Kayak fishing opportunities are abundant.. Popular activities include skiing and wakeboarding, tubing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. The park features two very nice picnic areas near the lake. One at the boat ramp and one at Pioneer Cove which requires a hike.
Lake Britton provides exceptional fishing opportunities for large and smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, and rainbow and brown trout, but smallmouth bass provides the best action in the springtime. During April through late May are the best months of the year to fish for smallmouth bass, and trolling for rainbow trout is good, during the summertime.
Open: The lake is open daily all year for boating and camping. There is no posted boat speed limit.
Fees: There is a day use, launch, pet and camping fee.
Lake Facilities: The facilities include vault and flush toilets, water, three boat launches, boat rentals (including kayaks and canoes), a grocery store, snack bar, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, sailing, jet and waterskiing, power boating, hiking and horseback riding trails and a visitors center.