Utica Reservoir        

Kayaking Utica Reservoir 
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Utica Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information


Area Map # 121 Miles of Shoreline: N/A Lake Surface Acres: 241 Elevation: 6850’ Address: Forest Service Road 7N17 Bear Valley, CA 95223  Ph:209 795-1381

Paddle Notes: On warm summer days, you’ll find Utica Reservoir dotted with outdoor enthusiasts indulging in some of their favorite activities: picnicking beside rippling water, horseback riding and hiking along groomed trails, taking an invigorating splash-filled dip iKayak Fishing Jim Snydern the refreshing water, or pitching a tent for a night’s rest under the stars.

The Utica Reservoir feeds to Union Reservoir located just south of Utica Reservoir. Utica and Union Reservoirs are small, picturesque reservoirs located off the Spicer Reservoir Road, about two miles off of Highway 4, near Bear Valley.

One thing Utica Reservoir has is an abundance of outstanding scenery – and people. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation, Utica Reservoir delivers on weekdays. Both Union and Utica Reservoirs are crowded in the summertime, especially on weekends. If you can choose a midweek day or off-season time to visit, the experience is more intimate.

Utica Reservoir is a paddling paradise (no powerboats allowed). The reservoir is small and can be easily paddled in a couple of hours, but it takes days to actually explore the seemingly endless hidden passages, breathtaking landscapes, colorful lily ponds, beautiful babbling brooks and secluded coves. Large rock islands protrude out of the water for as far as the eye can see, make this a unique paddling experience.

Kayak Fishing:  For those who choose to cast a line into Utica Reservoir, trout may be your only catch of the day. If kayak fishing is your game, the reservoir offers limited fishing opportunities. The Department of Fish and Game has not stocked the reservoir as of 2009.

Wind & Weather Conditions: Utica Reservoir is the perfect spot to explore this scenic area. Although camping and paddling at Utica Reservoir are not available in winter. The paddling season is typically, during the summer through early fall, unless there is an unusual mild winter and spring. The area receives an abundance of snow in the wintertime. The reservoir access road is usually open June through October which is accessible by two wheel vehicles but it is a little rough in a few areas.

The higher altitude provides cooler temperatures and refreshing mountain air. Sudden afternoon summer thunderstorms occur in July and August. During the summertime the day time high air temperatures are in the 70's and cold at night in the 30s and 40s. The reservoir’s cold water is a little brisk for swimming, but a quick dip can be refreshing on a hot summer day.

 During the summertime the day time high air temperatures are in the 70's and cold at night in the 30s and 40s. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 79. The wettest month of the year is February with an average rainfall of 8 Inches.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 41 42 46 53 61 70 79 79 72 62 49 42
Low 15 17 22 26 32 37 40 38 33 26 20 14

Terrain: A visit to Utica Reservoir is one giant photo opportunity. Whether you’re paddling, hiking or fishing, have your camera ready and keep your eyes open for abundance of wildlife.

There are a few islands that allow boat-in camping, though the reservoir is not that large, it can be paddled easily in a day by a strong paddler. There’s plenty of picturesque coves to check out.  I recommend planning an outing here on a non-holiday weekend. One thing Utica Reservoir has is an abundance of outstanding scenery! 

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