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Few people know about this beautiful, forested mountain reservoir located only about an hour-and-a-half drive from the city of Sacramento. Sugar Pine Reservoir is a true kayaker’s getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, inviting you to enjoy the tranquility of a remote paddling haven.

Sugarpine Reservoir Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP boarding, Kayak Fishing There are so many aspects about this unique get-a-way that makes it extraordinary. For starters, the sheer beauty of this destination will leave you breathless, with rolling pine forests contributing to this small reservoir’s peaceful setting.

Sugar Pine Reservoir is a natural paradise, offering relaxation and recreation for everyone. You can plan for a day packed with excitement or opt for a leisurely afternoon gliding on the reservoir’s glassy waters. Or you might dive into the refreshing waters for a cool dip in one of the reservoir’s inviting coves.

Comfortable water temperatures, along with nice beaches, make this a favorite location for swimming. A designated swimming beach is located on the north shore by the Giant Gap and Shirttail campgrounds.

It's not difficult to find something enjoyable to do here. Whether you enjoy kayak fishing, basking in the sun, or just simply enjoy looking at the stars on a clear night, there’s a myriad of recreational activities, delivering on the promise of a vacation that will satisfy everyone.

While many folks come to Sugar Pine Reservoir just to relax, some like to take advantage of the hiking trails around the reservoir. You can take a leisurely stroll on the 4.2 mile paved trail (motorized vehicles prohibited) that circles the campground and connects to the day use area and Giant Gap Campground.

Begin your day with a brisk paddle around the reservoir’s perimeter. Next take a walk along the several miles of well-groomed hiking trails. Follow your walk with a cool dip, relaxing on the red sandy beach between swims. And when you've worn yourself out, enjoy a picnic while relishing the gentle lap of the water and the chorus of birds in the trees.

Water lovers will find "seventh heaven" at Sugar Pine Reservoir. Swimming, SUP paddling, and fishing are popular here. Kayakers, canoers, and SUP paddlers can explore all the coves and many hidden hideawaSugarpine Reservoir Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP boarding, Kayak Fishing ys if they have the time. Jump in a canoe and paddle off to explore the reservoir’s 3.5 miles of shoreline, which offers an easy and delightful paddle. Due to strong winds that pick up in the afternoon, canoeing and kayaking are most enjoyable during morning hours.

Vacationers who visit here also enjoy mountain biking, windsurfing, horseback riding, and many other activities the reservoir has to offer. Sailors and windsurfers can enjoy a spin around the lake in the afternoon when the wind picks up.

Sugar Pine Reservoir is ideally suited to quiet boats. Water and jet skiing are not permitted on the reservoir. Only small motor boats are allowed. The 10-m.p.h. boating speed limit deters crowds. The reservoir is primarily used for fishing, windsurfing and paddling. A hand launch access is located on the south shore.

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Sugar Pine Reservoir’s glassy waters reflect the surrounding mountains while the trout under the surface call fishermen from all over. Anglers will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout here. Whether you’re spinning, bait casting or fly fishing, your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Sugar Pine Reservoir. If all goes well, the rainbow will be hooked by your crickets, the sunfish will be biting your worms and the largemouth will be grabbing your worms.

This small reservoir covers 160 acres and lies at an elevation of 3600 feet. Sugar Pine Reservoir is surrounded by a dense mixed conifer forest, which meanders down to the water’s edge. The surrounding forest gives the reservoir a feeling of being at a high alpine lake.

With such abundant fish and peaceful surroundings, it is a fabulous destination for kayak angling. Sugar Pine Reservoir’s diverse natural beauty also makes it an outstanding SUP paddling retreat. Or better yet, set some time aside to paddle out into the still waters to catch a glimpse of the abundance of bird species located here. Bird watchers will be delighted by the great variety of birds that make Sugar Pine Reservoir home. Keep your eyes open and your binoculars ready!

Silence is golden, often with nothing but the swish and plop of a lure dropping below the water’s surface. Morning might begin with only the call of a soaring bird breaking the silence. A blue heron stands undisturbed as a canoe glides quietly by.



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