Often the crow of a soaring bird is the only disruption at this peaceful reservoir. Sugar Pine Reservoir is surrounded by a dense mixed conifer forest, which meanders down to the water’s edge. The 3.5-miles of shoreline provide an easy and delightful paddle. The boat traffic during the summer is minimal.

The reservoir is primarily used for fishing, windsurfing and paddling. A hand launch access is located on the south shore. A designated swimming beach is located on the north shore by the Giant Gap and Shirttail campgrounds.

The reservoir’s 10mph boat speed limit deters the number of powerboat enthusiasts, though it is a popular summer destination for camping. Book your reservations in advance if you plan on camping here, especially on a holiday weekend.

The reservoir has four recreation areas around the reservoir. In addition to a soul-stirring paddling experience, there are numerous hiking and bicycling trails to explore in the area, but be on the lookout for bears. On my first trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir, I mistakenly took Finning Mill Road (off of Foresthill Road), and I almost collided with a bear sitting in the center of the road as I drove around a blind bend. I don’t know who was more startled, me or the bear. That experience certainly put to rest any idea’s I had about being able to outrun a bear. I couldn’t believe how fast it moved! I would highly recommend using the Sugar Pine access road, which is about 10-miles past the Foresthill Ranger Station.

Map of Sugar Pine Reservoir

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