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Lower Bear River Reservoir is one of a handful of gorgeous lakes and reservoirs Lower Bear River Reservoir Kayaking and Canoeingclustered together within a short distance from one another, which makes this area a superb paddling destination. Lower Bear River Reservoir is easily accessible and is open to all types of boating, but if you’re a kayaker, one drawback is the hazardous afternoon wind conditions. Another drawback of this gorgeous reservoir is the water temperature, which is ice-cold. The gusty winds attract many sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts.

Lower Bear River Reservoir is open from about May 15th to October 31st, depending on early or late snowfall. Depending on the time of year you visit here, you may encounter sudden thunderstorms while paddling. Wet suits are advisable if you plan to jet, waterski or windsurf. The reservoir’s water surface is frozen solid until about mid-May.

The Lower Bear River Reservoir covers 727 surface acres and is an exceptional trout fishery, offering healthy populations of rainbow and brown trout. The largest fish caught on the reservoir to date was a 10-pound German brown trout. Fishing season is from May to October.

Lower Bear River Reservoir is planted yearly with 8,000 pounds of rainbow trout and 2,200 pounds of brown trout. There are also a few Mackinaw to hook, which is very rewarding for a kayak angler.

Kayak fishermen will find plenty of opportunity to catch rainbow, German Brown and Mackinaw at the Upper Reservoir as well. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked annually by California Department of Fish and Game in Lower Bear River Reservoir. Rainbow trout are stocked in the Upper Reservoir. Lake trout have also been caught here.

Fishing for brown trout just after the icLower Bear River Reservoir Kayaking and Canoeinge melts is your best bet right as the reservoir opens, and in the fall when the weather cools down. Mackinaw and Lake Trout are best taken in the spring and fall while trolling deep from your kayak. Fishing licenses, tackle and supply's including live bait are available in the Bear River Resort's store.

Whether you’re fly fishing or trolling, your chances of getting a bite here are really good. So grab your favorite fishing rod and head over to Lower Bear River Reservoir. If all goes well, the rainbow will be hooked by your minnows, the trout will be biting your worms and the Mackinaw will be grabbing your crickets.

The four campgrounds located around Lower Bear River Reservoir provide all the amenities you could need for a pleasurable paddling and camping outing. There is piped water, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and fire-rings, but no hook-ups. The campgrounds are open from May15th to October 31st weather permitting. The campgrounds are generally full during the months of June, July and August, so book your reservations at least six months in advance.

Sugar Pine Point Campground is located on the north shore of the Lower Bear River Reservoir. Pardoes Point Campground has primitive tent campsites with pit toilets, but there is no running water. If primitive camping isn’t your thing, there are two nearby developed campsites at South Shore Campground and Bear River Group Campground. There are no camping facilities at Upper Reservoir.

At Lower Bear River Reservoir you have access to many recreational opportunities. The reservoirs facilities include three boat launches, a grocery store, boat rentals, power boating, a full-service marina, fishing, swimming, sailing, jet and waterskiing, windsurfing, hiking and horseback riding. Pets are allowed on a 6’ leash.

Just above the upper part of the reservoir, you’ll find the Pardoe Trail, climbing up a rugged ridge. You can also find the Tangle Foot, which enters the forests at the west boundary to Mokelumne Wilderness. Those who head into the mountains will find additional trails for horseback riding and mountain biking.

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 The brisk breezes offer great sailing. You can also SUP paddle, wakeboard, and waterski. Near the dam you’ll find launch facilities, and at the Bear River Lake Resort there is a marina. You can also launch a boat from the Pardoes Point Campground.

Lower Bear River Reservoir is a one-of-a-kind destination for kayakers. Whether your preference is kayaking, canoeing, kayak angling, or SUP paddling, you will have a fun-filled paddling excursion at Lower Bear River Reservoir. The reservoir is a wonderland combination of water activity and tranquility that will both relax and entertain your entire family.


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