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Topaz Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

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Whether your idea of getting away from it all is paddling along the shores of a serene lake or indulging in photographing picturesque landscapes, Topaz Lake is the place to go. With magnificent panoramas of the eastern Sierra Mountains and plenty of turquoise water to paddle, Topaz Lake is the perfect getaway.

Kayak Fishing: It’s no surprise that Topaz Lake is a top kayak angling destination, with its breathtaking surrounding views and the large amount of rainbow trout stocked by the NevadKayaking Topaz Lakea and California Department of Wildlife. The West Walker River carries brown, rainbow and Lahontan trout through its winding bends, which extend from Sonora to Topaz Lake.

Topaz Lake attracts an abundance of kayak anglers. It is stocked with rainbow trout, and recent introductions of both largemouth and smallmouth bass are also thriving.

Rainbow and brown trout and smallmouth bass are targeted by kayak anglers. Bowcutt trout, largemouth bass, and bullhead catfish can also be found in the lake. Float tubes and kayak fishing are becoming more common in recent years. Topaz Lake allows fishing from January 1st to the end of September.   The lake is regularly stocked with trout by both the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the California Department of Fish and Game.

Paddle in the early morning hours before the wind picks up, or plan your outing here in the early fall when the air is typically calm. The gusty wind conditions occur more frequently in the spring and early part of the summer. If it’s windy, you may want to avoid driving your RV from the west on the steep and windy Monitor Pass, Hwy 89, out of Markleville

No matter what your pleasure, Topaz Lake offers something for everyone. Whether you choose to fish, paddle or camp, you won't be disappointed. Topaz Lake offers a perfect place for relaxation and recreation.

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High 40  44 49 56 64 73 81 80 74 65 51 42
Low 8 12 19 23 30 36 40 30 31 23 16 9

Open: The lake is open from January 1st through September 30th.

Fees: The is a fee to launch, and to camp.

Terrain: Topaz Lake is on the California/Nevada border, about 75 miles south of Reno, Nevada at an elevation of 5,012 feet. The lake is located in Mono County, California and in Douglas County Nevada, along Nevada’s northwest border. Topaz Lake is a man-made lake bordered by sage covered mountains and is fed by the West Walker River.

A pair of bald eagles nest nearby, while ospreys and pelicans are frequently seen. During the migration season, the park’s location on the Pacific Flyway makes it an especially good bird-watching spot.

Lake Facilities: Outdoor lovers can also enjoy camping, hiking and swimming. Most of the property around the lake, both in Nevada and California, is open to the public. Only portions of the west shore in Nevada and California and the far south end of the lake in California is private property.

There are no restrictions to the size of watercraft or motor. All boating, as well as The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookovernight boating is allowed. You can launch from the Topaz Lake Marina on the northwest side of the lake, or at Topaz Lake Recreation Area on the northeast side of the lake. Boat launching and camping are available at Douglas County Topaz Lake Recreation Area..


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