Lake McCloud Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Captivating scenery spreads out around you while you paddle every turn and bend. It is a wealth of unforgettable scenic splendors and is an ideal location for all levels of paddlers due to the narrow distance between the shorelines, which allows you to easily cross over to opposite side if you become too tired to paddle or if the wind picks up.
I saw a number of tents pitched along the shoreline and on a small island at Lake McCloud; however, I am not certain whether boat-in camping is actually permitted. Paddling is allowed all year, though the area receives about two feet of snowfall in the winter.
The nearest campground is at Friday’s RV Retreat, located six miles south from the town of McCloud on Squaw Valley Road. Look for the large sign for Friday’s RV Retreat.
Whether you are planning to go kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking, or boating. the choices for recreation are almost unlimited at Lake McCloud. During the late spring, summer and early fall, paddling and boating are the most popular attraction in this area, offering spectacular scenery. while on the water.
Hikers have many options in McCloud and the surrounding region including the Squaw Valley Creek Trail, McCloud River Falls Trail, and the easy access to the Pacific Crest Trail.
Developed campgrounds and day use facilities are located along the McCloud River. All campgrounds are on a first come-first served basis and have a 14 day stay limit. The McCloud River parallels Highway 89 from its source near Dead Horse Summit to Fowlers Campground. There it turns south and continues through private property to Lake McCloud.
Lake McCloud is home to a healthy population of rainbow and German brown trout. The lake’s water temperatures stay relatively cold year-round, which makes it better suited for fishing than most water sports.
Open: Lake McCloud is open daily all year for boating. Friday’s RV Retreat campground is open from May 1st to September 30th.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities consist of a boat launch, vault toilets, fishing, power boating, hiking trails, swimming, sailing, jet and waterskiing.