Lake Mary Photo Credit Etsuko Stone
Lake Mary Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Mammoth Lakes sits in the pristine beauty of California’s Sierra Mountains. Surrounded by a backdrop of fragrant pines and majestic peaks, the lakes are some of Califorinia’s finest paddling gems. In the typical winter there could be over 100 inches of snow on the mountains, but it’s never to early to plan a summer trip here. The Mammoth Lakes Basin is located on the eastern slope of the Inyo National Forest at a 9000’ foot elevation, off of Interstate 395 and Highway 203.
There are ten lakes in the basin which comprise of Lake Mary, Lake Mamie, Lake George, Crystal Crag, McCloud, Twin, Barrett, TJ, and Horseshoe Lakes. Lake Mary, George, Mamie, Horseshoe and Twin Lakes are the only lakes accessible by a vehicle that don’t require you to portage your kayak or canoe. All of the lakes in the Mammoth Lakes Basin allow paddling.
However, Horseshoe Lake is closed to camping and paddling because carbon dioxide gas has been detected in its vicinity. Inhaling high concentrations of carbon dioxide gas can cause dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. Extreme care should be taken to prevent children and dogs from digging up loose soil that has been placed in the pits. Care should also be taken to avoid a crack 1-2 feet wide that extends from the lake onto the west shore. Do not lie face down on the ground anywhere near Horseshoe Lake or the tree-kill area.
Kayak fishing at Lake Mary is outstanding. The lake is planted with 32,000 rainbow trout by both the Department of Fish and Game and by Alper’s Ranch hatcheries. During the summertime, alpers trout are planted quite often as well. There are also a few native brown, brook and cutthroat trout also taken here too. The fishing season begins the last Saturday of April and ends on November 15th. Of the four lakes listed in Mammoth Lakes in this book, Lake Mary is stocked with the most fish.
Open: Lake Mary is open daily for boating from June 1st to September 15th an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset. There is a 10 m.p.h. boat speed limit.
Fees: The camping fee is self-register. There aren’t any day use or launch fees.
Facilities: The facilities consist of a boat launch, boat rentals, (including kayaks and canoes), bicycling and hiking trails throughout the park and a marina. Swimming, jet and waterskiing are not permitted on any of the Mammoth Lakes. NOTE: Due to the frequency of bears in the area, you may want to leave you dog at home or keep it with you at all times. Do not leave your pet unattended or outside at night. Bears frequent the shoreline in search of food. They have lost their fear of humans, and have grown accustom to eating fishermen's stringers, and food from coolers and backpacks. Keep your pets on a leash and your children in sight at all times. Do not carry any food or beverage on you, or wear sweet smelling perfumes, and suntan lotions.