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.
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
Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no launch or
day use fee.
Reservoir Facilities: There are three boat
launches for small boats only, fishing, swimming,
windsurfing, and hiking. Jet and waterskiing are not
permitted. Pets allowed.