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Wrights Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Snuggled into the heart of the Sierra Nevada’s, Wrights Lake lies nestled in some of the most beautiful countryside in northern California. Sparkling like a sapphire jewel, Wrights Lake boasts beautiful views of majestic mountains and offers outdoor enthusiasts many options.
Wrights Lake is located off U.S. Hwy. 50, 22 miles east of Pollock Pines, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, at an elevation of 7000’. It is home to an assortment of animal life. If you’re a careful observer, you just might spot a bear, mountain lion, deer, or bald eagle sharing the habitat.
Indulge in some aquatic fun and explore the lake's hidden nooks and crannies. Wrights Lake offers breathtaking scenery while paddling its calm waters. The rugged shoreline is best explored by canoe or kayak. As you'll soon discover, paddling around Wrights Lake’s perimeter offers more than just an opportunity to get your heart rate up.
If you plan to be paddling all day, pack a picnic and pick a spot to enjoy the blue skies, and awe-inspiring panoramic views. If you're lucky, you may even see one of the bald eagles that make their home at Wrights Lake. Or you can experience the fresh pine scented air, and nab some fish in the lake’s fertile waters while your troubles float away, as the lake’s cool waters gently rock you in rhythm with the swaying pines.
Wrights Lake is a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing and back-to-nature pursuits. Along with superb SUP paddling and kayaking, the area offers excellent camping, and kayak fishing opportunities.
Fishing is a favorite pastime here. Kayak fishing enthusiasts delight in fishing for the rainbow and brown trout and bluegill that abound. After an invigorating paddle around Wrights Lake, kayak anglers can relax and cast their rods, hoping they bring home a monster trout they can tell stories about when they are back at work.
Wrights Lake is an ideal destination for kayak anglers since no motors are permitted. Rainbow and brown trout swim Wrights Lake’s depths, and as you patrol the waters, bait your hook with your desired catch in mind. Rainbow and trout action is first-rate and a favorite for the enthusiastic angler.
Open: The campground and lake are usually open between late June and mid-October. These dates are affected by snow conditions. Boating is allowed seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset.
Fees: There is a fee to camp. An extra vehicle fee will be collected at the campground. Fee includes two vehicles per site for family sites, and four vehicles per site for double sites and equestrian sites.
Lake Facilities: The lake facilities include, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, vault toilets, running water, bird watching, and a boat launch. Motor boats (including electric motors) are not allowed. Wilderness permits are required for both day hiking (available at the trail head) and overnight (available at Pacific Ranger Station). A camp attendant is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional parking space is very limited. Firewood can be gathered in the area.