Paddle Notes: Paddle the sparkling water of Lake
Hughes and experience the timeless beauty of the
lake in the sky. At the first light of day, when the
sun casts picture-perfect reflections onto the water’s surface, is the ideal time to paddle Lake
Hughes. The peaceful atmosphere provides a
soul-stirring paddle. Lake Hughes is one of two
small lakes located in the area that offers a
pleasant interlude and spellbinding scenery.
canopy of trees hugs the shoreline which provides a
cool retreat from the hot sun in the summer months. Lake
Hughes is an easy paddle ideal for
novice paddlers. It is often overlooked by visitors
due to its small size, unmarked location, and tiny
parking lot. Picnicking spots are limited.
The lake is tiny with less than one mile of
shoreline. The area is usually not congested with
park visitors even on busy holiday weekends.
Fishing, hiking, and and kayaking are the primary
Lake Huge is set is
a community northwest of Palmdale, in the Angeles National Forest.
It is a natural fed lake, and encounters low water
level conditions during drought years. The Rock Inn is a must-see historical landmark
located across the street from the campground.
Fishing: Anglers can enjoy hooking an abundance of
cat fish, blue gill, crappie, bass and red ear at
Lake Hughes. The best time to nab a bass is in the
springtime, but there’s still good fishing action
during the summer for bass and bluegill.
Wind & Weather Conditions: Lake Hughes lies
within the high desert, where the summers are very
hot and dry, and winters are cold and windy. This
area is prone to forest fires. Erratic winds push
fires over tinder-dry brush in areas that are under
Winds start up around 11:00-12:00 but they are
not much of an inconvenience since it is
an easy paddle back to the shore at any point on the
lake, due to its small size.
Terrain: Lake Huges a top destination for nature
lovers and is an ideal destination to chill out.
Many adventurous souls seek out Lake Hughes due to
its wilderness setting and more primitive camping
options, but not everyone enjoys roughing it a
little in the great outdoors.
Almost every lake
promises something for everyone, but Lake Huge
delivers. Just 60 minutes north of Los Angeles, Lake
Huge offers a pleasant paddle for novice kayakers
around its three-quarters of a mile shoreline. Lake
Hughes natural beauty offers a nice escape from the
hustle and bustle of a big city.
Open: The campground is open year-round. The lake
can freeze over in the wintertime.
Fees: There’s a fee to camp, but no launch fee.
Lake Facilities: The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
10 horse powered boats maximum are allow. Swimming,
float tubes, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are
permitted. Enjoy year-round offerings that will
please the entire family. From fishing and swimming
to paddle boarding, Lake Hughes is a wonderland
combination of tranquility that will relax you all
Lake Directions: From Lebec, off of I-5 drive
south 8 miles. Exit on Quail Lake Road and drive .5
miles. Turn left on SR-138. Drive 12.8 miles. Turn
right onto Three Points Road. Drive three miles.
Keep straight into CR-N2 (Pine Canyon Road). Keep
straight onto CR-N2 (Elizabeth Lake Road.) Turn
right onto Trail K. To hand launch you can park
along the street, across from the Rock Inn.