Utica Reservoir        

Kayaking Utica Reservoir 
Photo Credit Jim Snyder

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: Utica Reservoir is located near Bear Valley. One thing Kayak Fishing Jim SnyderUtica Reservoir has is an abundance of outstanding scenery – and people. It’s surprising when you drive for miles out in the middle of nowhere, only to find tons of people, cars, boats and trailers. Utica Reservoir has a rocky wooded shoreline and several islands. Being forest service land, camping is allowed most any place that is not marked as no camping. Boat-in camping is permitted at several of the islands.

The lake is beautiful and secluded, perfect for boat-in camping. Hiking is also a popular way to end your day with a hike through the area’s diverse wilderness. Union and Spicer Meadows Reservoirs are nearby that are worth the while to explore. Whether you’re paddling, hiking or fishing, take your camera along and keep your eyes open for abundance of wildlife

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 hiking along groomed trails, taking an invigorating splash-filled dip in the refreshing water, or pitching a tent for a night’s rest under the stars. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation, Utica Reservoir delivers on the weekdays. End your day with a hike through the area’s diverse wilderness

Kayak Fishing: If kayak fishing is your game, the reservoir offers only ok fishing opportunities. Do not expect good fishing at Utica Reservoir, because the Department of Fish and Game has not stocked the reservoir as of 2009. The reservoir feeds to Union Reservoir located just south of Utica Reservoir.

Wind & Weather Conditions: The reservoir’s cold water is a little too brisk for swimming. The area receives an abundance of snow in the wintertime. 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 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: 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! 

Open: The reservoir access road is usually open June through October. Winter camping is allowed anywhere within the Calaveras Ranger District.

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