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South Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

South Lake is both convenient and gorgeous. Surrounded by jagged mountain and rocky Kayaking South lake Fishingvalleys, South Lake is located in the middle of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range, in the Inyo National Forest, making it a top destination for kayak lovers.

After a day of paddling, there’s an abundance of hiking trails in the area to explore. If hiking isn’t your cup of tea, you can take a guided horseback ride in the backcountry. Another spectacular feature of South Lake is the abundant wildlife. Encounters with deer, bald eagles, bobcats, pine martens, marmots and even bears can make the outdoors experience unforgettable.

If you’re searching for a scenic lake with rugged mountain views, remarkable wildlife encounters and exquisite kayak fishing, then this is the lake to plan your next trip to in Central California. South Lake is located in a tranquil area with amazing vistas for superb kayak fishing opportunities in the summertime.

South Lake is 22 miles west of Bishop, resting at 9,768 feet of elevation. It not only offers outstanding kayak fishing opportunities; it also includes some of the most scenic lake and forest vistas anywhere in California, making it a popular destination for kayak anglers in recent years. Fishing from a kayak offers a level of stealth that simply can’t be achieved with a regular motor boat. South Lake offers you breathtaking views, and cold mountain water loaded with quality trout.

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout by the California Department of Fish and Game. Alpers Trophy trout are also stocked every other week during the peak season, and are guaranteed to put a bend in even the sturdiest rod. In addition, South Lake has benefited from past rearing programs for Brown Trout, and its depths contain some of the largest Browns in the Sierra. South Lake has become famous for these trophy monsters.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 54 58 64 72 81 92 98 96 96 88 76 62
Low 22 26 31 36 44 51 56 54 54 47 47 27

Open: Open Memorial Day to October weather permitting, from sunrise to sunset.

Fees: There is a fee to camp but no day use or launch fee.The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Book

Lake Facilities: South Lake offers, kayaking, boating, boat rentals, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. South Lake Boat Landing Ph: 760 873-4177

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