Paddle Notes: After a long and difficult drive to
reach Silver lake, I was rewarded with a paddling
adventure of a lifetime without a soul in sight.
This spellbinding lake provides paddling
opportunities unlike any other place in Northern
California. It is easily one of my favorite paddling
destinations when I want to "disappear".
This seldom traveled lake
is perfect for adventurous paddlers who enjoy
paddling and camping at isolated destinations. It
makes an excellent weekend trip for you and a
companion. The lake features primitive wilderness
campsites, stunning reflective views upon the lake’s
crystal clear water surface and ideal paddling
You can hand launch your boat from
along the shoreline, but you may have to hand carry your
boat a short distance from the parking area to the
shore. Boats with motors are not permitted.
Fishing: Boats with motors are not allowed on Silver
Lake which makes it a perfect kayak angling
destination, providing the road is drivable. The last two miles of the lake
access road was in extremely poor condition when I
was there in July 06. Vehicles that ride low to the
ground may have difficulty driving on this road.
Department of Fish and Game plants 1,000 rainbows
and 2,000 brook trout fingerlings each year, which
may not seem like very many fish, but this lake
doesn’t get a whole lot of action due to its remote
Wind & Weather Conditions: There’s nothing more
exhilarating than paddling Silver Lake on a warm
summer day. The daytime high air temperature can
rise up into the 90s by mid-afternoon, even though
the temperature at night can drop down into the 30s
and 40s. This region receives a heavy amount of
snowfall during the spring, winter and fall.
Terrain: Silver Lake’s natural harmony embraces
you, filling you with an utter sense of peace. The
tent campsites are situated a short distance from
the lake beneath thick groves of pine and fir. An
abundance of wildlife feed in the area, including
bears,, so secure
your food in airtight containers and keep a clean
Open: Silver Lake is open mid-May to October
31st, weather permitted. Boats with motors are not
allowed. The lake access road is not plowed in the
wintertime. Boating is allowed seven days a week.
Fees: There is no day use or fee to camp.
Lake Facilities: There is hiking and
bicycling trails, fishing and a hand launch. NOTE:
Bring your own water.
Resources: Mt. Hough Rangers Ph: 583 283-0555
Plumas Visitors Center Ph: 530 283-6345
Directions: From the town of Quincy, take Highway
119 (Bucks Lake Road) west three-point-two miles,
which turns into Oroville-Quincy Highway (119). Turn
right on Road 24N29X and drive five-point-seven
miles to reach the lake. NOTE: Motor homes and
vehicles pulling trailers are not advised to drive
on Road 24N29X due to poor road conditions.