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Woods Lake

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Woods Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Nestled high in the mountains at about 8200’ feet elevation lies this tiny, but superb paddling destination, with scenery so dramatic it will be etched inWoods Lake Kayak Fishing your memory for a lifetime. Woods Lake was beautiful to behold. Dazzling reflective images on the water’s surface of the majestic mountains and towering stands of ponderosa pines can be seen at the break of day. A more stunningly beautiful paddling destination can scarcely be imagined. It’s a shame the lake is so small.

Woods Lake provides some of the best fishing, camping, and photography opportunities in the entire state with its rocky shoreline and steep massive mountain jutting up from the shore. In addition to enjoying a quiet solitude while drifting on its peaceful waters, the photographic opportunities here are endless.

Woods Lake offers paddlers a beautiful location for other outdoor activities as well. Wildlife and bird watchers will be delighted with the number of bird species that fly over Woods Lake, and miles of beautiful hiking trails is another attraction this outdoor sport paradise has to offer.

 There’s no question the scenery is one thousand times better than the fishing at Woods Lake but there is fairly good action for catching rainbow trout in the 10 to 12 inch class which 2,500 are planted yearly. Visitors enjoy kayaking and canoeing, camping, fishing, and hiking at Woods Lake.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 44 47 51 57 66 75 83 82 75 65 53 44
Low 18 20 24 28 34 40 44 43 37 25 22 17

Open: The lake and campground are open seven days a week from June to October, weather permitting. Boats with motors are not allowed.

Fees: There is a fee to camp, for pets, and a day use fee.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookLake Facilities: There is  a hand launch access, fishing, and hiking trails. Dramatic views overlook the lake from the lakeside picnic area with picnic tables, and grills. Motorboats, jet skis and windsurfing are not allowed. Pets are permitted on a leash.



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