Lake George Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Spellbinding views of jagged mountains from the center of this small, sparkling cold-water alpine lake left me speechless. The photographs of the Mammoth Lakes were taken on a hot day in July. It was startling contrast to be paddling on a lake in 85 degree temperature while gazing upon snow-covered mountain peaks less than five hundred feet away, especially since I have been accustomed to paddling on hot, lower elevation lakes.
Lake George is the perfect place to enjoy the water by kayak and canoe. All the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes basin, are closed to swimming. The water temperature is ice cold, so remember to bring plugs if you have a sit-on-top kayak. or else you are liable to freeze your tush off.
Lake George is the most scenic and peaceful of the Mammoth Lakes Basin lakes. The numerous day-use picnic spots along the shore are some of the prettiest you can imagine, and spending an afternoon here just taking in the scenery is time well spent.
There is paved parking and nice bathrooms for visitors. The boat traffic on Lake George is minimal, consisting mostly of rental fishing boats, SUP boarding, kayaks and canoes. Once you have completed this short fifteen minute paddle, there is a hiking trail surrounding the lake that offers a pleasant jaunt.
Lake Mary has a larger surface area, more places to eat, and more boats to rent; but you basically have to fish by boat on Lake Mary--it has so many weeds and fallen trees in the shallow parts, you'll end up cutting your line five times a day. Lake George may seem smaller, but it's much deeper than Lake Mary and offers better fishing opportunities for rainbow, brook and brown trout.
Only four lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin are stocked with trophy-sized alpers trout in the summertime, some weighing in at the 10 to 12 pounds. The fishing season begins the last Saturday of April and ends on November 15th.
Open: Lake George is open daily from mid-June to mid-September an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset for kayaking. The best time to visit is from late May through early October as heavy snowfall may make the roads impassable during winter. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.
Fees: There are camping and launch fees for non-campers, but no day use fee.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of a boat launch, boat rentals, fishing, boating, hiking and bicycling trail. Swimming, jet and waterskiing are not allowed. Leashed pets are permitted.