Ward Lakes Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
When was the last time you went for romantic paddling weekend getaway? Ward Lake is a nice pick. It’s the perfect destination for a peaceful and relaxing weekend. There’s a minimal amount of traffic here which provides a peaceful outing, in a stunning setting. Because of the awe-inspiring beauty primitive campgrounds such as the one at Ward Lake may be challenging to get to, but it is well worth the long drive. Make sure you bring the mosquito repellent.
Ward Lake is located three miles before you reach Florence Lake. It's a tiny but very deep lake that gets planted by the Fish and Game with trout. A short distance away is Portal Forebay, which is part of the Ward Tunnel system that drains both Florence and Edison Lakes into Huntington Lake. It, too, is planted by Fish and Game.
Fishing is a favored activity at Ward Lake. Since the lake is really small, anglers will find this the perfect lake for fishing from a kayak, canoe or from a tube. Eastern Brook and Rainbow Trout are stocked in the lake.
The lake also holds a good population of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The best time to fish is when the water surface warms up beginning in the spring. The limit is five per day, ten in possession. California state fishing regulations apply.
Wind & Weather Conditions: During the early morning and at night in the summertime, the air is brisk and water temperature is ice-cold. Occasional thunderstorms occur here during the summertime, especially in the month of August. The daytime high air temperatures range between the high 70s to the high 80s in the summer.
Open: Ward Lake is open from approximately June to October weather permitting, seven days a week. There isn’t any designated hours for boating.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no day use or launch fee.
Lake Facilities: A hiking trail around the lake provides access for anglers who want to fish from shore. Hand launch access. Motor boats are not permitted. Fishing, hiking, camping, and car top boats are allowed. There are vault toilets in the campground, but no drinking water.