This out-of-the-way, unique lake is located deep within a remote wooded area. When I first arrived at this isolated but beautiful destination, I didn’t realize I was standing within a few feet of the lake be a colorful lily pad-like plant covered almost the entire water surface, which gave me the impression I was looking at solid ground.
It’s no mystery how the lake got its name, Snake Lake, because it is a perfect snake haven. Paddling on this lake can be rather annoying because the watershield plant, floating on the water surface, wraps around your paddle blade like an octopus.
This lake is suitable only for the adventurous paddlers who enjoy desolate lakes with primitive camping facilities. I would strongly recommend paddling and camping here with a companion due to its remote nature and lack of people in the vicinity.
Plumas National Forest has a number of free and secluded, primitive campsites. This is one of them. You’ll most likely have the entire lake and small campground to yourself. This is an ideal retreat to getaway without distractions.
NOTE: Driving in a four-wheel drive vehicle would be more appropriate if you want to travel to Smith Lake. Drive under 15 m.p.h crossing over the Snake Lake Bridge. Heavy vehicles are not advised to drive across the bridge, until it is repaired.. The superstructure of the bridge was coded as being in a serious condition, indicating deterioration affecting primary structural components.
Snake Lake is an out-of-the-way destination, and to make matters worse is the catch rate isn’t very high perhaps due to the overgrowth of the watershield plant, which tangles up your lure and line after each cast. There are a few species of fish in the lake including catfish, bluegill and bass.
Open: Boats with motors are not allowed. The lake is open daily all year, weather permitting for boating. Road closures can occur in the wintertime due to snow.
Fees: There aren’t any day use, launch, camping or pet fees.