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Packer Lake

Packer Lake Kayaking

Packer Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

The Lakes Basin Recreational Area is one of Northern California’s premier paddling spots. If you yearn for a weekend getaway, at a pristine mountain lake located in a wilderness setting, and you enjoy paddling a series of tiny lakePacker Lake Kaaykings, then this area is the ideal retreat for you.  Packer Lake is located north of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, and the only way to get there is on Highway 49 to Golds Lake Road.

After a leisurely paddle, there is an abundance of hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails that offer exquisite views. While hiking or paddling, you may be fortunate enough to sight a hawk plunging toward the water surface to hook a fish.

Horseback riding rentals are located on the shores of Gold Lake, at Reid Horse and Cattle Co.. They have  hourly and overnight trips trips available.

Fishing for trout from a kayak or canoe on the serene waters of Packer Lake, is just one of the many splendors to be enjoyed at this scenic haven. The Department of Fish and Game plants Lower Salmon Lake, Lower Sardine Lxake, and Packer Lake with 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 7,000 pounds of brook trout yearly. Eastern brook trout can also be caught at Packer Lake. Terrain: Packer Lake is located in the Tahoe National Forest at 6218’ feet elevation. This pint-size lake is void of powerboat congestion. The quiet atmosphere provides for a tranquil paddle amid the dense conifer forest and majestic mountains.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 48 50 54 60 69 78 85 85 80 69 54 48
Low 29 30 32 35 41 47 53 52 48 41 33 29

Open: The campground is open daily from the end of June to about mid-October depending on weather conditions. Early or late snowfall can effect these dates on either end. Motorized boats are not allowed on Packer Lake.

Fees: There is a fee to camp and for pets, but there’s no day use or launch fee.

Lake Facilities: The lake facilities include  a hand launch access, boat rentals (including canThe Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookoes), fishing, swimming, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding trails. Jet and waterskiing, sailing and powerboats are not allowed. Pets are permitted on a leash.Beckworth Ranger Ph: 530 836-2575



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