Silver Lake - Bucks Area

Silver Lake Bucks Area Kayaking

SIlver Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Area Map #192   Miles of Shoreline: 2 Lake Surface Acres: 125 Elevation: 5800’  Address: Silver Lake Road Quincy, CA 95971    Ph:530 283-0555

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 opportunities. Kayaking Silver Lake Bucks Area

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.

Kayak 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.

The 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 location.

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.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 47 53 59 65 75 83 91 91 84 73 57 47
Low 24 27 29 31 37 42 44 42 38 31 28 24

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 campsite.

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.Silver Lake Bucks Area

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.  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. Map


Silver Lake - Buck Area


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