Tenaya Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
If a gorgeous setting is what you yearn for, there is no better place to be than paddling Tenaya Lake on a windless day, with water so still one can see flawless reflections of the majestic mountains. Surrounded by granite peaks on three sides, Tenaya Lake’s sparkling blue water and two-and-a-half miles of shoreline offer a short, leisurely paddle.
Towering pines and steep granite outcroppings bordering the water’s edge deliver extraordinary views. The exhilaration of this scenic alpine lake provides an unforgettable experience for canoeists, kayakers and SUP boarders alike.
Tenaya Lake is a wonderland combination of activity and tranquility that will both relax and excite you. It is a tiny lake, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Known for outstanding hiking opportunities, in recent years this enchanting alpine lake has drawn many paddling enthusiasts.
Tioga Pass Road passes along the lake's northern edge so the lake is hard to miss. With limited parking on both sides of the lake and primitive restroom facilities, the crowd factor is usually not as much of a problem as you might experience at other lakes within Yosemite National Park during the summer months.
A fishing license: is required and California Fish & Wildlife Rules apply. Fishing for Eastern Brook and Rainbow trout at Tenaya Lake does offer pretty good kayak fishing opportunities, but there are better lakes in the area for fishing..
The night and early morning air temperature can be quite nippy, even in the middle of summer. Paddling around the lake is relatively easy during the morning and evening, but the winds tend to kick up in the early afternoon. Power boats are not allowed, which makes it a superb paddling destination to chill out and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Open: The paddling season is typically in the months of June to October, dependingThe Tioga Road is generally open to vehicle traffic only from late spring (usually late May or early June) through mid-fall (usually until the first significant snowfall in November). In 2004, however, the road closed for the winter on October 17, the earliest closing in at least 25 years.
Fees: The isn't a fee to launch for day use, or to park, but there is a fee to camp.
Lake Facilities: Tenaya Lake offers a wide range of recreational activities from kayaking, canoeing, SUP boarding, fishing, photography, biking, and hiking. Swimming is permitted, but the water is said to be very cold. After a leisurely paddle, there’s an abundance of hiking trails in the area to explore. A 2.5 hiking trail around the lake’s perimeter provides superb views. Encounters with deer, bald eagles and even bears are not uncommon.