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Webber Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

"The full moon at night over the dock and the mountain expanse was just breathtaking,” Cheryl Wood, outdoor photographer/kayaker and owner Moonlight Creative Works, shared. 

“It's not a very big lake, perfect for a short sunset paddle. There's a sitting area by the dock with a fire ring...not sure if that's just for residents, but it looked inviting when they had a fire going.

There were plenty of fish jumping and a few kayak fishermen on the water when we were there. I spotted an eagle in a tree. The hike in upper and lower Lacey Meadows from camp was nice. I also hiked to Webber Falls, which is in a steep canyon a couple miles from camp. It will be interesting to see what changes are made in the coming years. I hope it stays as quaint as it is,” Cheryl added.

Webber Lake is situated at 6,800 feet elevation, twenty-five miles northwest of Truckee on Henness Pass Road near Jackson Meadows Reservoir. In 2012, Truckee Donner Land Trust bought the 3,000 acre property, from Clifton and Barbara Johnson, which had been in the Johnson Family since the 1870s. The property consists of Webber Lake and two large meadows, Lower Lacey Meadow and Upper Lacey Meadow. Lacey Creek meanders through both meadows and drains into Webber Lake.

The lake has a fascinating history of the man who started it. Dr. David Gould Webber, a widowed physician, among other vocations, built the hotel in the 1860s. It was once a famous destination for tourists arriving by stagecoach and miners by horse. The main hotel still has residents living upstairs. On the ground floor you can view historical artifacts and photos.

In the past, the lake was a private resort and was closed to the public. As a condition of the Truckee Donner Land Trust purchase the lake and the immediate area around the lake was closed to the public. Beginning on August 1st, 2017, the lake opened to the public. A grand opening is planned when the extensive improvements are completed in 2018.

Picnic tables are scattered along the water and in the grassy area by the old hotel that is boarded up. Day use parking and picnic tables are available at no charge.  Visitors need to bring their own drinking water.  The water is not yet potable in the permit process, though the system has been in place for years.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 40 42 45 52 61 71 79 79 72 62 47 40
Low 14 17 21 25 31 37 41 41 45 28 21 15

Enjoy the stunning scenery around this small tranquil lake for a peaceful paddle in a kayak or canoe through a virtually untouched alpine landscape. The 5-mph boat speed limit for motorized boats ensures a serene setting where visitors will feel the solitude that this beautiful lake offers. If you want to combine fishing with kayaking, this is the way to go. Fishing from a float tube, kayak, or pram can be ideal here. The lake has an abundance of weed beds and as a result, good hatches of insects.

"It's basically circular, and only about 3/4 mile or so across. One can paddle the circumference in about 45 minutes at a good clip. There are several species of ducks, a pair of ospreys, some sandhill cranes and various other waterfowl. We saw some Brant geese, too. There are even some resident river otters here! he jacket is because it was freakin' COLD in the mornings at 6700 feet." Walter Bunning and avid kayaker from Santa Maria, California shared.

Any boat powered by hand or a motor needs to fill out a self-inspection form prior to launching. The form needs to placed on dashboard of your vehicle. A visual inspection before launching is also required. Sierra Country requires an AIS form be completed before launching that you download here DOWNLOAD FORM:

Webber Lake is open to the public from dawn to dusk for day use only. Camping, fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited on the property except in the designated campground area. Dogs must be leashed in the campground and in the day use area and under voice command elsewhere.

Recreational activities at Webber Lake include hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding, picnicking, fishing, camping, boating, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. A boat ramp limited to small, trailerable boats and trailer parking are available.

The next time you are planning a visit to Truckee stop by Webber Lake for a long visit. You won’t regret it!



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