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Lake McClure

Lake McClure Kayaking

Lake McClure Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

This boundless lake offers all types of aquatic recreational opportunities, a pleasant paddle, and scenic views of the lake from shady campsites. Its seventy miles of grassy shKayaking Lake McClure 22oreline are broken by numerous secluded coves along the western shoreline, (the area I have paddled on this gigantic lake.) There is a minimal amount of boat traffic on Lake McClure even on the weekends during the summer months when the campgrounds are full.

Kayak Fishing: Trolling for trout from your kayak is a popular successful method for fishing at Lake McClure. You may have better success trolling for trout, than catching bass, due to the large number of rainbow trout are planted here. The lake’s four boat ramps accesses allows you to launch and fish from different areas on the lake year-round in one of the secluded coves throughout the lake’s 70 miles of shoreline.

Lake McClure has a healthy population of bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and rainbow trout that are planted in the winter each year by the Department of Fish and Game.  Kayak anglers fish along the rocky points for bass. Kayak anglers that like to troll, do well in the deep water in the main body of the lake, especially down near the dam. Other popular trolling areas are to work the area from Horseshoe

Fishing in places like  Cotton Creek, Rancho Del Oro Gulch, Piney Creek, and Temperance Creek are also prime spots for bass fishing on Lake McClure.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 55 63 68 75 84 92 97 95 91 81 66 65
Low 37 40 42 45 51 56 61 60 56 46 41 36

Open: The lake is open daily for boating, all year twenty-four hours a day, with running lights at night. There isn’t any posted boat speed limit during the day but the boat speed limit at night is 10 m.p.h. Boats must travel in a counter-clockwise direction.McClure Point Boat Launch Ramp and Barrett Cove South Ramp are open to the public.

Horeshoe Bend Ramp  CLOSED for the season.
Barrett Cove North Ramp is now CLOSED to the public until further notice.
The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book*Due to water clarity, potential obstacles and debris in Lake McClure, boaters are advised to travel at slow speeds and that you recreate on Lake McClure at your own risk.

Fees: Lake McClure has a day use, launch, camping and pet fee.

Lake Facilities: All types of boating are allowed. There are three marinas, four boat launches, boat rentals, fishing, windsurfing, swimming and hiking trails. Due to the drought conditions, campfires are not allowed at  Lake McClure or at Lake McSwain Recreation Area.


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