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Lake Pillsbury Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Mother Nature seems to have tested her green thumb at Lake Pillsbury, painting the scenery with deep emerald evergreens, vibrant blue skies, and soaring pines.
Summer days are perfected by pleasant air temperatures cooled off by warm waters, lakeside picnics, and hours of doing whatever strikes your fancy. An outing here will open your eyes to natural wonders both new and old, but a paddling excursion at Lake Pillsbury will never disappoint.
Anglers can enjoy hooking an abundance of rainbow trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, and Sacramento pike at Lake Pillsbury. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with 18,000 rainbow trout each year in the fall and spring. The hot spots to hook a bass are in the arms around the lake in the springtime, but there’s still good fishing action during the summer for bass, sunfish and bluegill.
Open: Camping and boating is allowed daily year-round at Oak Flat campground at the north end of the lake, and at other campgrounds spring thru fall. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h. within 200 feet of any shoreline. There is no posted boat speed limit. NOTE: All motorized vessels including boats, trailers, jet skis, sea-doo’s, etc. and non-motorized sailboats 9 feet or more, will be required to obtain an inspection sticker prior to launching. For more information call the Lake County Mussel hotline at: Ph: 707 263-2556.
Fees: There are fees to launch, to camp and for pets at all campgrounds.
Lake Facilities: Lake Pillsbury is an outdoor paradise of fresh blue water, awe-inspiring scenery, first class kayak fishing, investigative hiking trails, and so much more. Recreational opportunities at Lake Pillsbury seem to have almost no end: you can kayak, canoe, bike, swim, hike, water and jet ski, sail, camp, hunt, and fish. There is a full-service marina, boat rentals (including kayaks and canoes), three boat launches, gasoline, power boating, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, fishing, swimming, hiking and bicycling trails. Pacific Gas and Electric operates 5 campgrounds and 3 launches at the northern end of the lake.