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Sly Creek Reservoir

Sly Creek Reservoir Kayaking

Sly Creek Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information 

Area Map #189 Miles of Shoreline: 11 Reservoir Surface Acres: 562 Elevation: 3560’ Address: Lewis Ridge Road Forbestown, CA 95941   Ph:530 283-5559

Sly Creek Reservoir is a one-in-a-million location in Northern California guaranteed to provide pristine paddling opportunities.  The reservoir is located at 3500’ feet elevation in thSly Creek Reservoir Canoaeinge southern region of the Feather River Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest. There are many secluded beaches and good fishing spots to be found.

The reservoir is a premier paddling paradise, and the drive to get there on the newly paved access road was almost as exquisite as the reservoir itself. Whether you enjoy paddling for a few hours or for a few days, don’t miss paddling this magnificent reservoir, even though it is a pain in the rearend to get here. It is hard to find because someone took the sign down off the highway and many people get lost..

The lake's water level is pretty low. There was a good 35 feet of water down  80' of slope exposed at areas.  During low water levels the boat launch is not accessible which is the ideal time to kayak.The scenic terrain and tranquil atmosphere provides an ideal paddlers retreat, but it can get busy on holiday weekends.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 50 53 56 62 70 79 86 85 80 70 50 50
Low 32 33 35 38 44 51 56 55 51 44 36 32

There’s no question the scenery is a million times better than the fishing at Sly Creek Reservoir, though there is still fairly good action for catching rainbow trout in the 10 to 12 inch class, but with scenery so stunning who cares? Brook, and brown trout fishing is also reasonably good.

Open: The reservoir is open from approximately May to early October when snow has cleared.

Fees: There is a fee to camp.The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

Reservoir Facilities: The reservoir facilities include a small launch access, jet and water skiing are permitted, swimming, fishing and hiking. Leashed pets ok.


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