Photo Credit Norman Shultz
Redinger Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #78 Miles of Shoreline: 10 Lake Surface Acres: 500 Elevation: 1400’ Address: Road 235 North Fork, CA 93643 Ph:559 877-2218
Paddle Notes: Meandering through the bottom of a remote canyon, this long and narrow shaped lake is located in an out-of-the-way and isolated territory on the San Joaquin River. The winding access road to the lake was in extremely poor condition, and was not suitable for large motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers, (actually, any vehicle that doesn’t have four-wheel drive), when I was last here.
The seclusion and solitude of this lake can be soothing to your soul. However, I don’t recommend paddling either Kerckhoff Reservoir or Redinger Lake alone due to the remoteness of the area and the lack of people in the vicinity, in case an emergency should arise.
There is a paved boat launch and a small parking lot that has restrooms nearby. Other than that you’ll most likely be on your own with not a soul in sight. Redinger Lake is a perfect location for only the more adventurous types. NOTE: Campfires are prohibited.
Photo Credit Norman Shultz
Kayak Fishing: Redinger Lake provides kayak anglers with year-round fishing for striped bass, bluegill or catfish. Unfortunately, you’re liable to come up empty handed because the lake is not stocked with any fish by any fishery or by the Department of Fish and Game.
Wind & Weather Conditions: Protected by foothills on both sides, and sheltered from the wind, Redinger Lake is similar to paddling the San Joaquin River that runs into Millerton Lake. However, you’ll wish you had more wind, when the temperature soars into the high 90s during the summer months. The wind consistently begins to pick up by 11:00 a.m. and can become quite fierce by the end of the day, which helps reduce a little of the intense heat. The daytime high air temperature ranges between the 80s and 90s in the summer, but it can easily heat up to 100 degrees.
Terrain: Redinger Lake provides a tranquil atmosphere in an extremely remote region. The lake is located at the bottom of a deep valley with oak studded, brush-covered foothills that border the water’s edge.
The lake is three miles long and a-half mile wide. It’s easy to crossover at any point at this river shaped like lake for those who desire a shorter paddle, which makes Redinger Lake ideal for all levels of paddlers. There are only a couple of sandy beaches to pullout upon during low water level conditions. NOTE: Watch out for rattlesnakes when pulling out onto the shore.
Open: Redinger Lake is open daily all year, twenty-four hours a day, with running lights at night. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. from sunrise to sunset and 5 m.p.h. at night.