Mountain Meadows Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #201 Miles of Shoreline: 24 Reservoir Surface Acres: 5800 Elevation: 5041’ Address: Indian Ole Road Westwood, CA 96137 Ph: 916 386-5164
Paddle Notes: Mountain Meadows Reservoir is like being on a treasure hunt. If you can find the reservoir, you have found the treasure. You notice that I said "if". Finding this reservoir in a maze of dirt roads through a towering conifer forest will almost guarantee you will become lost either on the way to the reservoir or on the way back out. If I didn’t know for certain there was a reservoir of a relatively large size, on my first visit, I would have sworn Mountain Meadows Reservoir didn’t exist. It took me more than two hours zigzagging back and forth on dirt roads through the dense forest to find the reservoir. It may also be a problem for you to find this mysterious retreat because trees were being cleared to lay new roads when I was here. Unfortunately, none of the dirt roads were marked and it is extremely easy to lose your bearings, but once you find this pretty reservoir, you’ll be glad you did.
Kayak Fishing: Unlike Lake Almanor, which is known as the fishing capital of Northern California, and is planted yearly with over 200,000 fish per year, Mountain Meadows Reservoir is unheard of, except by the local anglers. Mountain Meadows Reservoir has a decent amount of eagle lake, brook, and brown trout most likely because its so hard to find and it is rarely fished.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The reservoir’s low water levels begin by late June, causing the number of miles of shoreline to diminish considerably. The reservoir is very shallow, so watch out for submerged water hazards protruding from the water’s surface. Summer daytime high air temperatures range from about 70 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night. In the months of July and August, increasing storm activity occurs with typical thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sudden downpours are common at this high-elevation reservoir and strong winds prevail year-long. The reservoir’s water is almost always choppy by midday. NOTE: Always carry your rain gear and check the weather report prior to paddling at this destination.
Terrain: Numerous hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails traverse the forest and wind around the reservoir. Mountain Meadows Reservoir is man-made. It is about six miles long and a-mile-and-a-half at its widest point. The reservoir rests at 5041’ feet elevation, in a flat isolated valley, ringed by a dense forest. While paddling, keep your eyes out for the abundance of wildlife in the area. The remote peaceful environment and breathtaking scenery surrounding the reservoir are apt to make your visit here enjoyable.
Open: Mountain Meadow Reservoir is open daily for boating from about mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting.
Fees: There are no fees for day use or to launch.
Reservoir Facilities: There are hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, and a small dirt hand boat launch by the dam. There aren’t any restroom facilities or water.
Resources: Pacific Gas and Electric Ph: 916 386-5164
Directions: From the town of Susanville, take Highway 36 west twenty-two miles to the town of Westwood. In Westwood, turn left on Mooney Road (A-21). Drive slowly two-and-a-half miles, while looking for an unmarked dirt (Indian Ole Road) on the left. Turn left on the dirt road. At the first forks stay to the right. Veer left at the second fork. You should run into Mountain Meadows Reservoir within one-point-two miles. Map
Mountain Meadows Reservoir Camping Information
Campground: The nearest camping facilities are located at Lake Almanor.