Photo Credit Walter Bunning
Lopez Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
There are several important features to keep in mind when paddling here; the sudden fierce wind conditions; the fog which sometimes lingers throughout the day; and the fishing tournaments held at the lake. Lastly, the campsites are pretty, but they are closely spaced together and they allow too many campers packed into one camping space.
During the summer months on the weekends, most of the campsites are full. If a peaceful night’s rest is what you desire, you may want to wait until the spring or early fall to camp here. There are some campsites that do offer a little more separation. But most sites are very small and crowded together, especially the RV areas.
Keep a lookout while paddling for the abundance of wildlife: including bears, snakes, raccoon, skunks, deer, squirrels, foxes, wild turkeys, and birds galore.
There are boat launches on two of the lake’s arms. One launch is located by the marina, which has a paved launch ramp. The other arm has a hand launch access from the beach at Mallard Cove. If you plan to paddle, it is best to get on the water at sunrise. By mid-morning iit often becomes too windy to paddle and the lake is taken over by windsurfers.
Lopez Lake has one of the best reputation for producing large world-class bass. In fact, Lopez Lake produced two of the top fifteen heaviest largemouth bass ever caught, which exceeded 21 pounds!
There’s also a healthy population of trout, catfish, redear sunfish, and crappie, which makes it a popular fishing destination year-round. The Department of Fish and Game plants thousands of pounds of rainbow trout in the lake each year.
Open: The lake is open daily all year for boating one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. except for in the 5 m.p.h. zones. All private boats, including kayaks, launching will be inspected for quagga mussels. Kayaks must be clean and dry or they will not be allowed to launch.
Fees: There are day use, launch, pet and camping fees.
Lake Facilities: The facilities include jet and waterskiing, power boating, windsurfing, fishing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails, a swimming area and a boat launch. The launch is fairly wide and can handle several vehicles at once. Pets are allowed. The store has a good selection of convenience food, including wine, tackle and summer wear. There's also a cafeteria on the other side.