Mountain Meadows Reservoir
Mountain Meadows Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #201 Miles of Shoreline: 24 Reservoir Surface Acres: 7064 Elevation: 5041’ Address: Indian Ole Road Westwood, CA 96137 Ph: 916 386-5164
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.
The beautiful natural setting of Mountain Meadows Reservoir, with very few facilities provides a peaceful paddling experience. You are liable to be the only one there. Recreation use at Mountain Meadows Reservoir is primarily angling, canoeing, kayaking, and hunting.
The only public access point is a small boat ramp at the Indian Ole Dam, accessible via a County-maintained gravel road that crosses private property (located within the Dyer Mountain Resort Project area). The boat ramp was in poor condition when I was last here. (See top photo.)
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 but this my change.
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: 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.