Lake McSwain Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Paddle Notes: Lake McSwain lies nestled between two canyons covered with live oak and grassy hillsides. This exquisite cold-water, ake is shaped like a river, long and narrow.
There is a slight current coming from Lake McClure’s dam. Be sure to paddle Lake McSwain at sunrise so you can feast your eyes on the awesome reflective beauty of the still water on this tranquil lake.
The only disruption to the utter silence while paddling Lake McSwain are the numerous fish jumping. Once in awhile you’ll see another boat or someone fishing from along the shoreline. However, the first time I paddled here I saw no one. It was so quiet it was almost eerie, like a scene from the movie "Deliverance". At the time I had no idea how far it was to the end of the lake. I finally reached the end about one-and-a-half hours later. This lake is truly a paddler’s paradise and a photographer’s haven.
Lake McSwain is located a short drive from the Bay Area and Sacramento regions as well as the Central Valley, the Lakes is located close to the magnificent Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County.
The best way to reach Lake McSwain is from Hornitos Merced Falls Road from Hornitos, and then following Lake McClure Road north.
You can enjoy soaking in the sun or paddling under the stars: Paddling is allowed 24 hours a day. Lake McSwain lies nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Central California.
Kayak Fishing: Lake McSwain is known for being one of the best fishing destinations in the state due to the trout, king salmon and Florida largemouth bass stocking programs. Regular plantings of 36,000 catchable-sized trout provide a perfect haven for kayak anglers. Other species of fish taken here include black bass, spotted bass, brook, brown, and rainbow trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish, salmon and shad.
Lake McSwain is small in comparison to Lake McClure, but it usually has better trout fishing. The lake offers year-round kayak fishing opportunities. Contact Lake McSwain Marina for fishing information.
Open: Lake McSwain is open all year. Boating is allowed seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day with running lights at night. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of a boat launch, boat rentals, groceries and a concession stand. Pets are allowed on a leash. House boating, jet and waterskiing are not permitted, but swimming, sailing and windsurfing are allowed.