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Mother Nature seems to have engaged her green thumb with great creativity at Lower Bear River Reservoir, painting the scenery with picturesque mountains dramatically etched between towering pines and massive boulders.

Lower Bear River Reservoir Kayaking and CanoeingSummer days are perfected by pleasant air temperatures, cool refreshing waters, lakeside picnics, and hours of doing whatever strikes your fancy. An outing here will surely open your eyes to natural wonders both new and old, and a kayaking adventure at Lower Bear River Reservoir will never disappoint. Select a comfortable campsite, roast up some marshmallows and watch the day fade away over the mountains, knowing that new paddling adventures await you each morning.

Take a leisurely paddle around the reservoir, and relish in the picturesque shores. As you paddle, keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife in the surrounding forest.

 This remarkable reservoir is bordered by magnificent rocky mountains blanketed with soaring pine forests. It nestled in Amador County, in the Plumas National Forest, on Bear River just off of Highway 88, about forty miles east of Jackson. Summer days are perfected by pleasant air temperatures, cool refreshing waters, lakeside picnics, and hours of doing whatever strikes your fancy. An outing here will surely open your eyes to natural wonders both new and old, and a kayaking adventure at Lower Bear River Reservoir will never disappoint. Select a comfortable campsite, roast up some marshmallows and watch the day fade away over the mountains, knowing that new paddling adventures await you each morning.

Take a leisurely paddle around the reservoir, and relish in the picturesque shores. As you paddle, keep your eyes peeled for the abundant wildlife in the surrounding forest.

This remarkable reservoir is bordered by magnificent rocky mountains blanketed with soaring pine forests. It nestled in Amador County, in the Plumas National Forest, on Bear River just off of Highway 88, about forty miles east of Jackson. kayaking lower bear reservoir

Lower Bear River Reservoir offers eight miles of scenic shoreline to be explored. It’s sparkling water is open to all types of watersports. Strong afternoon winds make this a popular sailing and windsurfing getaway.

Resting at an elevation of 5,850 feet, the reservoir consists of two separate bodies of water. Located just above Lower Bear River Reservoir, separated by a dam, lies the smaller Bear River Reservoir, often referred to as “Upper Bear River Reservoir or Upper Reservoir”.

Upper Reservoir lies just beyond the northeastern side of Lower Bear River Reservoir. Lower Bear River Reservoir lies downstream and is the larger and more popular of the two.

As there are no roads to the Upper Reservoir, access requires portaging your kayak around and to the top of its dam, starting from the northeastern end of the Lower Reservoir. To get to Upper Bear River Reservoir, drive on the dirt road toward the Upper Reservoir, park your vehicle, and then portage your kayak for about one mile down to the reservoir. The trail is fairly steep and drops 200 feet down to the shore. There is only hand launch access.

The Upper Bear River Reservoir is slightly over a mile long, with about two-and-a-half miles of shoreline. It covers 166 surface acres. The shore surrounding Upper Reservoir is fairly steep, providing few pullout access locations. Upper Reservoir’s smaller size is more suited to novice paddlers. However, it is an outstanding paddling destination for all kayakers who take pleasure in having the entire lake to themselves.

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