Utica Reservoir Photo Credit Jeff N. Hobbes
Utica Reservoir is located near Bear Valley. One thing Utica Reservoir has in abundance is outstanding scenery – and people. It’s surprising when you drive for miles out in the middle of nowhere, only to find tons of people, cars, boats and trailers. Utica Reservoir has a rocky wooded shoreline and several islands. Being forest service land, camping is allowed most any place that is not marked as no camping. Boat-in camping is permitted on several of the islands.
The reservoir is beautiful and secluded, perfect for boat-in camping. Hiking is also a popular way to end your day, while enjoying the area’s diverse wilderness. Union and Spicer Meadows Reservoirs are nearby, and quite worthy of exploration. Whether you’re paddling, hiking or fishing, take your camera along and keep your eyes open for the abundance of wildlife.
On warm summer days, you’ll find Utica Reservoir dotted with outdoor enthusiasts indulging in some of their favorite activities: picnicking beside rippling water, horseback riding and hiking along groomed trails, taking an invigorating splash-filled dip in the refreshing water, or pitching a tent for a night’s rest under the stars. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation, Utica Reservoir delivers. (read more)
Clementine Lake - Photograph by Cheryl Wood
This exquisite mountain lake, situated at 718’ feet elevation, lies at the bottom of a deep valley clothed with chaparral, mixed evergreens and cottonwood trees, which flank both sides of this long narrow lake. Lake Clementine provides a peaceful atmosphere due to the twenty-five boat restriction on the lake at any time.
A highlight of this beautiful lake is the free flowing dam that cascades into a huge waterfall near the boat launch. Another highlight of the lake is that it allows boating twenty-four hours a day.
The Auburn State Recreation Area on the north fork of the American River offers a boat-in campground. Boat-in campers can stay at Lake Clementine for a total of 7 consecutive days, but no more than 30 days in a year. The 22 primitive sites have pit-toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings, but no water. The campground is open May 1st to November 1st. Dogs are not allowed in the campground. There is no vehicle access to the camp areas, which are accessible only by boat.
Kayakers can plan on nonstop adventure at this delightful paddling retreat. During the early morning hours as the sun rises over the foothills, perfect reflections of the surrounding terrain are cast onto the bay’s glassy water surface. When the day is done, watch the sun paint the sky with a vibrant array of rainbow colors from your boat-in campsite along the shores of Lake Clementine! (read more)