kayaking stony gorge reservoir

Stony Gorge Reservoir is landscaped with sandy beaches set against a backdrop of low foothills covered with oak and chaparral. Surrounded by stretches of brush and wooded hills, this mid-sized beautiful low elevation reservoir allows all types of boating. Its warm, calm waters are ideal for jet and waterskiing, not to mention paddling.

Tent camping is allowed in designated areas along the shoreline with restrooms facilities provided. This reservoir is more suited for those individuals who thrive on paddling in out-of-the-way regions. It may not be the best retreat for novice paddlers because there is only one boat launch, located at Skipper’s Point, which is accessible most of the year depending on the reservoir’s water level.

During low water level conditions, the boat launch is inaccessible, which helps reduce the amount of powerboat and jet ski traffic. One boat ramp usable most of the summer, depending on water level.

The rough dirt access road in the campground area may not be suited for motorhomes and vehicles pulling large trailers, or for any vehicle after a recent rain.

Stony Gorge Reservoir is often passed by due to its barren appearance, and primitive restroom and camping facilities, but it does offer a wide variety of fish species including crappie, catfish, bluegill, and a few largemouth bass. Fishing in the coves located on the southwestern end of the lake, early in the morning, provides the best kayak angling opportunities.

Map of Stony Gorge Reservoir

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