Paddle Notes: The peaceful atmosphere sets the
stage for this perfect paddling destination. Serene
Lakes captured my heart with its breathtaking
beauty. The restriction of motorized boats and the
easy paddle around its incredibly scenic shoreline
guarantees the perfect outing for the entire family,
at this "serene" destination.
Located on the western slope of the
Sierra's, at 7000' elevation, the lake is surrounded
by lodgepole pine, white fir, cedar, and tamarack.
in the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range quietly
nestled in the heart of Donner Summit. Serene Lakes
is part of the North Tahoe area. It is located
one mile south of the town of Soda Springs.
Please access the lakes using only the Designated
Access Points and paths.
1. Island Way at Serene Road Access day
boat use, swimming, fishing, and nature
2. Hemlock Peninsula Access, day boat use,
fishing, nature observation.
3. Sierra Rd. extension access day boat use,
swimming, fishing and nature observation.
You don't want to miss paddling these two
conjoined-twin alpine lake which supposedly
named Serena and Dulzura by none other than Mark
Twain. There's no wonder why the
homeowners whose cabins and grand chalets surround
the lakes are so protective.
Fishing: The fishing on the
lake is ok.. You can
catch rainbow and lake trout with both bait and
flies. sailing, rowing, canoeing,
, and fishing are popular activities on
Serene Lakes. Serene Lakes has better scenery and
paddling than fishing, but there are a few rainbow,
and brook trout and catfish to be taken here but
those few are difficult to catch.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The wind can whip up
quickly across the lake, but it is typically calm
until about midday and during the early evening
hours when the sun melts into the horizon. During
the summertime, the daytime high air temperature
lingers between the mid-70s and the mid-90s, and in
the winter this area receives heavy snowfall.
Terrain: The lakes are surrounded by acres of
pine and fir with numerous cabins interspersed
throughout the forest and along the shore. There is
limited shoreline access due to the dense groves of
conifers and pines lining the water’s edge. The
lakes feature an uncrowded atmosphere and earth
shattering views of a thick woodland, casting
reflective images onto calm water, uninterrupted by
motorized boats. A narrow passage separates the
lakes from each other.
In the wintertime the view is equally stunning
over the frozen lake opening up a whole new winter
wonderland to explore
Open: Serene Lakes are open daily sunrise to
boating from late May to late October, weather
permitting. No motorboats are allowed.
Fees: There is a fee to camp but no day use fee.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of a
small boat launch, hiking and bicycling trails,
sailing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. No
motorized boats are allowed.
Directions: From the town of Cisco Grove off of
Interstate 80, head east for about nine miles to the
town of Soda Springs. Exit on Norden/Soda Springs in
the town of Soda Springs. Travel east on Donner Pass
Road for about one-half mile. Turn right on Soda
Springs Road and drive for two-point-two miles. Then
turn right on Serene Road to reach the launch area
by Ice Lakes Lodge.