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Silver Lake - June Lake Loop

Kayaking Silver Lake
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Silver Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Just north of Mammoth Lakes, in the Inyo National Forest, lies this small, crystal clear bKayaking Silver Lake June Lake Looplue-water alpine lake. Special features of this sparkling cold-water lake are its breathtaking setting encircled by massive snow-capped mountain peaks. Silver Lake is one of the four lakes located on the June Lake Loop. The lake offers calm water throughout the day due to the minimal disruption from the boat traffic and a 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit. This lake is ideal for novice paddlers who enjoy a short leisurely paddle. Some campsites provide a shaded, somewhat private beach with a gentle slope, nice for mooring a boat or relaxing in a chair.

Silver Lake has been known to produce trophy-size rainbow, brown and alpers trout. It is another superb kayak angling destination in the June Lake Loop because it has a little of everything; jaw dropping scenery, and trophy size rainbow trout to name a couple. The lake receives weekly rainbow trout plants totally up to 48,000 rainbows in the 10 to 12 inch range, and 10,000 cutthroat fingerlings per year, by the Department of Fish and Game.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 40 44 50 58 66 75 83 82 75 65 53 42
Low 19 22 26 31 39 47 53 51 44 35 27 20

Terrain: Silver Lake offers sweeping panoramic views of majestic mountains. The colorful surrounding topography is surrounded by tall aromatic pines and a dense colorful undergrowth. Silver Lake is the prettiest lake in the June Lake Lokayaking silver lakeop.

Silver Lake, home to superb kayak fishing and several trail heads connecting to the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. You'll often see kayak anglers fishing where Rush Creek enters the lake and around the little islands at the south end.and along the southeast shoreline.

Located in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Silver Lake is one of four lakes along June Lake Loop. The loop is actually California State Route 158 which leaves U.S. Highway 395, loops 16 miles around a canyon and returns to Highway 395.

Open: Silver Lake is open daily for kayaking the last weekend in April until mid-October, one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, weather permitting. There is a 5 m.p.h. boat speed limit.

Fees: There is a fee to camp and for pets but no day use or launch fees.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: There are 75 RV sites with flush toilets, water, showers, hookups, a boat launch, a general store, boat rentals, swimming, hiking and bicycling trails. Pets are permitted on a leash.  

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