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Little Grass Valley Reservoir

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Little Grass Valley Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Little Grass Valley Reservoir is a perfect paddling getaway, whether it’s your first time paddling adventure or your one-hundredth one. The campsites are nestled among towering pines and are spaced widely apart from each other, which provides plenty of privacy. The designated swimming areas located at Running Deer and Little Beaver campgrounds have beautiful white sandy beaches.

Little Grass Valley Reservoir provides an abundance of outdoor recreation experiences for visitors. Black-tailed deer, black bear, marmots, beaver, and bald eagles are found throughout the recreation area.  Three boat launch ramps provide access to the water for fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, sailing, or canoeing.. Two swim beaches provide excellent swimming and picnicking opportunities.

The Lakeshore Trail, which loops 14.5 miles around the lake, is available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The trail connects to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, which stretches from 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico, across three states. A variety of day hikes can be done on portions of the trail.

 Little Grass Valley Reservoir is not easy to get to, but once you arrive, you’ll discover superb kayaking, fishing,  camping opportunities on this good-sized lake  located high up in the Sierras.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 50 53 56 62 70 79 86 85 80 70 56 50
Low 32 33 38 44 52 51 58 55 51 44 36 32

The 1,615-acre reservoir provides superb kayak fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect a catch of a variety of trout and kokanee salmon, among other species of fish, however, fishing licenses are required to participate.

Open: Boating and camping is daily allowed from about May 12th to September 12th, weather permitting.

Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no launch or day use fee.

RThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookeservoir Facilities: There are three boat launches for small boats only, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, and hiking. Jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Pets allowed.


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