Virginia Lakes Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Virginia Lakes area is surrounded by unspoiled natural wonders waiting to be explored. Ten small lakes clustered closely together, are set amongst towering peaks and alpine meadows. Big Virginia Lake, the largest of the ten lakes, only covers around 100 acres. Big Virginia, Little Virginia and Trumbull Lakes are the only ones accessible by vehicle. and are limited to canoes, kayaks, row boats and trolling motors.
Virginia Lakes area offers superb paddling, kayak fishing, SUP boarding, camping and hiking opportunities, assuring that everyone will have a great time at these scenic lakes in Northern California. Big Virginia is a 'must' see for all outdoor enthusiastic, Whether you're hiking or biking, take a camera along and keep your eyes open for Northern California wildlife, like bears, wild turkeys, raccoons, and deer.
The entire Virginia Lakes Basin lies within the Toiyabe National Forest. The six upper lakes are within the Hoover Wilderness Area and require a permit to hike. There are no restroom facilities or drinking water available along the trail, Bears sighting are common.
Virginia Lakes is recognized as a kayak angler's paradise. The fishing opportunities draw fishermen from all over the state, Shoreline fishing is a favorite pastime at Virginia Lakes. They have aluminum boats for rent at the lodge. Fly and float tube fishing are also extremely popular here..
The lakes offer fishing for rainbow, brown, and brook, German and eastern brook trout. Big Virginia and Little Virginia Lakes are planted with Alpers and brown trout. There are no special fishing regulations at Virginia Lakes. The limit is five trout per day.
NOTE: Bears were feeding along the shoreline in search of fishermen stringers. The bears do visit the lake during the day to take your fish, be ready to grab your fish and leave.
Open: The lake and campground usually opens around June 7th to around October 16th, weather permitting, seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a day use, launch and fee to camp.
Lake Facilities: Virginia Lakes Resort is a fishing resort with 19 primitive cabins. At the lodge, they serve breakfast and lunch at the cafe. There is a general store, bait and tackle, cabins and boat rentals. The lake’s facilities consist of picnicking, hiking and horseback riding trails, fishing, boating, (electric motors only), no gas motors, a launch ramp and vault toilets.