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Sierra Nevada Lakes

Sierra Nevada Lakes Overview

High Sierras

Sierra Nevada lakes offer boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and other activities. These lakes offer rentals for fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, WaveRunner, paddle boat, paddleboard, canoe and kayak. Most have boat launch ramps and marinas that provide fuel, food & drink, cafés, fishing tackle and camping supplies. Several Sierra Nevada lakes offer camping and some even include boat-in camping. Among those to choose from are Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes, Mono, Bass and many more. Refer to our campgrounds page for info on camping at any of these beautiful Sierra Nevada lakes.

Eastern Sierra Lakes

Donner Lake

Donner Lake is located between Sacramento and Reno off Interstate 80. Donner offers activities like boating, fishing, swimming, camping and picnicking. Amenities include resort accommodations, a campground and marina. Boat rentals include ski boats, pontoon boats, fishing boat, Jet Ski, water bike, paddle boats, canoe and kayak. Donner supports fish species like kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and mackinaw trout (lake trout).

Donner Lake Marina
15695 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 582-5112

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is located between Sacramento and Reno off Interstate 80. At 22-miles long and 12-miles wide, Tahoe is not only California's largest Alpine lake, but it's also the deepest at 1,645 feet. Activities on Tahoe include sightseeing, boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, parasailing, hot air ballooning, sunbathing, camping and picnicking. Amenities include resort accommodations, campgrounds, multiple harbors & marinas, tours, fishing charters and much more. Boat rentals include ski boats, fishing boats, Jet Ski, sailboats, pontoon boats, water bike, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak. Tahoe supports fish species like kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and mackinaw trout (lake trout).

  • North Tahoe Marina
    7360 North Lake Boulevard
    Tahoe Vista, CA 96148
    (530) 546-8248
    Map  |   Website

  • Sierra Boat Company
    5146 North Lake Boulevard
    Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
    (530) 546-2551
    Map  |   Website

  • Tahoe City Marina
    700 North Lake Boulevard
    Tahoe City, CA 96145
    (530) 583-1039
    Map  |   Website

  • Meeks Bay Marina
    7941 Emerald Bay Road
    Meeks Bay, CA 96142
    (530) 525-5588
    Map  |   Website


Lake Tahoe is located between Sacramento and Reno off Highway 50. At 22-miles long and 12-miles wide, Tahoe is not only California's largest Alpine lake, but it's also the deepest at 1,645 feet. Activities on Tahoe include sightseeing, boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, parasailing, hot air ballooning, sunbathing, camping and picnicking. Amenities include resort accommodations, campgrounds, multiple harbors & marinas, tours, fishing charters and much more. Boat rentals include ski boats, fishing boats, Jet Ski, sailboats, pontoon boats, water bike, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak. Tahoe supports fish species like kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and mackinaw trout (lake trout).

  • Camp Richardson Marina
    1900 Jameson Beach Road
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
    (530) 542-6570
    Map  |   Website

  • Tahoe Keys Marina
    2435 Venice Drive East
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 541-2155
    Map  |   Website

  • Timbercove Marina Action Watersports @ Timber Cove Marina
    3411 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
    (530) 544-5387
    Map  |   Website

  • Action Watersports @ Lakeside Marina
    4041 Lakeshore Boulevard
    South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
    (530) 541-9800
    Map  |   Website

  • Round Hill Pines Marina
    Highway 50
    Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
    (775) 588-3055
    Map  |   Website

  • Sand Harbor - image courtesy of Zephyr Cove Resort Zephyr Cove Marina
    760 Highway 50
    Zephyr Cove, NV 89448
    (775) 589-4901
    Map  |   Website


Caples Lake is located off Highway 88 east of Kirkwood. Caples is 2-miles long with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, a marina and general store. The marina offers seasonal boat rentals which include fishing boat, paddle boat, canoe and kayak. Caples supports fish species like mackinaw trout (lake trout), brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout.

Caples Lake Resort
1111 Highway 88
Kirkwood, CA 95646
(209) 258-8888

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Twin Lakes is located off Highway 395 south of Bridgeport. Twin Lakes offers 2 Alpine lakes totaling 2½-miles long with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, an RV park, marina, boat launch ramp, laundry room, public showers and general store. The marina offers seasonal boat rentals which include fishing boats, pleasure boats, pontoon boats, canoe and kayak. Twin Lakes support fish species like kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and brown trout.

Twin Lakes Resort
10316 Twin Lakes Road
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(877) 932-7751

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Virginia Lakes is located south of Bridgeport off Highway 395. Virginia Lakes Resort is nestled among 10 Sierra Nevada lakes. Amenities include a lodge, cabins, public showers and restaurant. Cabins are rented out in one week minimum stays. Local activities include fishing, horseback riding, hiking and hunting. Virginia Lakes support fish species like native brook trout & brown trout and stocked rainbow trout.

Virginia Lakes Resort
Bridgeport, California 93517
(760) 647-6484

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Mono Lake

Mono Lake is located north of Lee Vining off Highway 395. This large but shallow lake is one of the oldest lakes in North America. Mono tufas are mineral deposits that protrude above the water's surface. The water is 2½ times saltier than the ocean, which results in additional buoyancy when swimming. You don't want to get it in your eyes or cuts. Alkali flies sometimes cover the shoreline but stay near the surface and are not really a nuisance. Activities include hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and cross-country skiing. Amenities include a Visitor Center. No boat rentals are available at Mono. Canoe and kayak launch is available at Navy Beach. A launch ramp is available near Lee Vining Creek for larger boats but there are restrictions. Kayak rentals are available from Caldera Kayaks in Mammoth Lakes. Fish species are non-existent due to the high salinity.

Mono Lake
Highway 395
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 647-6331

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Saddlebag Lake is located off Highway 120 west of Lee Vining. Situated in the Tioga Pass midway between Yosemite National Park and Lee Vining, Saddlebag offers terrific boating, fishing and hiking. Boat rentals include fishing boats and a pontoon boat. A water taxi ferries fishermen and hikers to the remote end of the lake throughout the day. café and general store provides warm meals, coffee, fishing gear, fishing licenses and camping gear. Saddlebag supports fish species like rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and golden trout.

NOTE: Saddlebag is situated at over 10,000 feet in elevation. Some people may require proper acclimation before spending time at that elevation.

Saddlebag Lake
Saddlebag Lake Road
Lee Vining, CA 93541
(760) 648-7964

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June Lake is located off Highway 395 midway between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes. Situated on Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) along with three other lakes, June is the second largest at 1¼-miles long with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a marina and general store. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat rentals. June supports fish species like brown trout and rainbow trout.

June Lake Marina
125 Brenner Street
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7726

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Grant Lake is located off Highway 395 midway between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes. Situated on Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) along with three other lakes, Grant is the largest at 3½-miles long. Grant offers activities like boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, a marina and general store. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat rentals. Grant supports fish species like brown trout and rainbow trout.

Grant Lake Marina
Highway 158
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7964

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Silver Lake

Silver Lake is located off Highway 395 midway between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes. Situated on Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) along with three other lakes, Silver is a ¾-mile long with activities like camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include cabins, a marina, café and general store. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat and kayak rentals. Silver supports fish species like brown trout and rainbow trout.

Silver Lake Resort
6957 Highway 158
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7525

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Gull Lake is located off Highway 395 midway between Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes. Situated on Highway 158 (June Lake Loop) along with three other lakes, Gull is the smallest at less than ½-mile long with activities like camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a marina and tackle shop. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat rentals including fishing pontoon boats, fishing boat, flat-bottom barges, paddle boat, canoe and kayak. Gull supports fish species like brown trout and rainbow trout.

Gull Lake Marina
Granite Avenue
June Lake, CA 93529
(760) 648-7539

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Twin Lakes - Mammoth

Twin Lakes is located off Highway 395 at the Highway 203 exit. Situated off Lake Mary Road, Twin Lakes are two small lakes that are the first encountered in the Mammoth Lakes group. Twin Lakes are bordered by Tamarack Lodge. Activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a resort, marina and general store. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat rentals. Twin Lakes support fish species like rainbow trout and Alper's trout.

Tamarack Lodge
Twin Lakes General Store
Twin Lakes Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-2442

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Lake Mary is located off Highway 395 at the Highway 203 exit. Situated off Lake Mary Road, Mary offers activities like boating, fishing, lake camping, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a marina and general store. Pokonobe marina offers seasonal boat rentals including fishing boat, pontoon boats and kayaks. Mary is loaded with rainbow trout.

Lake Mary Marina
Lake Mary Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-5353

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Convict Lake

Convict Lake is located off Highway 395 south of Mammoth Lakes. Situated in a granite-walled canyon, Convict is small at 1-mile long but deep. The Convict Lake Resort includes cabins, a general store, marina, public showers, equestrian stables and restaurant & bar. Activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The marina offers a boat launch ramp and seasonal boat rentals including fishing boat, pontoon boats, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak. Convict supports fish species like rainbow trout and Alper's trout. It is one of the most beautiful locations in the Sierra Nevadas.

Blog Check out our Convict Lake blog for more details.

Convict Lake Resort
2000 Convict Lake Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(800) 992-2260

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Crowley Lake is located off Highway 395 south of Mammoth Lakes. Caldera Kayaks is situated at the Crowley Lake Marina and rents kayaks for use on Crowley. They also offer kayak lessons and tours on both Crowley and Mono Lakes. Other amenities at Crowley include a campground, cabins, RV resort, tackle shop and general store. Activities include fishing, boating, kayaking, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite-surfing, wake surfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). The marina offers boat rentals including pontoon boats, fishing boat and kayak. Crowley supports fish species like rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout and perch.

Caldera Kayaks
Crowley Lake Marina
South Landing Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-1691

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Rock Creek Lake is located off Highway 395 between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. Exit Highway 395 at Tom's Place and head south on Rock Creek Road. Rock Creek is only a ½-mile long and offers activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and mountain biking. Amenities include cabins, a restaurant, marina and general store. The marina offers seasonal boat rentals including fishing boat and kayak. Rock Creek supports fish species like brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout including Alper's trout.

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Rock Creek Lakes Resort
Rock Creek Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 935-4311

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Lake Sabrina is located southwest of Bishop on Road 168 (Line Street). Follow Line Street west to Big Trees Road and veer left for approximately 20 miles. Sabrina is approximately 1-mile long and offers activities like boating and fishing. At 9,138 feet in elevation, this High Alpine lake is too cold for swimming. Amenities include a marina, café and general store. The marina offers seasonal fishing boat rentals including fishing boat, row boat, pontoon boats, canoe and kayak. Sabrina supports fish species like rainbow trout and brown trout.

Lake Sabrina Boat Landing
Highway 168
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-7425

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South Lake is located southwest of Bishop on Road 168 (Line Street). Follow Line Street west to Big Trees Road and veer left for approximately 15 miles and left on South Lake Road for another 5 miles. South Lake is approximately 1-mile long and offers activities like boating and fishing. At 9,290 feet in elevation, this High Alpine lake is too cold for swimming. Amenities include a marina, café, general store and cabins at Parchers Resort. The marina offers seasonal boat rentals including fishing boats, pontoon boats and kayaks. South Lake supports fish species like rainbow trout and brown trout.

Parchers Resort
5001 South Lake Road
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-4177

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Western Sierra Lakes

Jenkinson Lake is located off Highway 50 east of Placerville. Jenkinson is 2½-miles long with activities like boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, wake-boarding, tubing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a marina offering seasonal boat rentals including fishing boats, pontoon boats, paddle boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (SUP). Jenkinson supports fish species like large mouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and mackinaw trout (lake trout).

Jenkinson Lake
Sly Park Road
Pollock Pines, CA 95726
No Phone

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Silver Lake is located off Highway 88 east of Lodi, near Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Silver is a 2-miles long with activities including fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming, horseback riding and hiking. Resort amenities include a boat launch, campground, general store, laundry room, public showers, playground, restaurant & bar and boat launch. Plasse's Resort rents canoes and kayaks. Silver supports fish species like rainbow trout, German brown trout and lake trout (Mackinaw trout).

Silver Lake
Plasse's Resort
30001 Plasse Road
Pioneer, CA 95666
(209) 258-8814

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Bear River Lake is located off Highway 88 between Tahoe and Jackson. Bear River is 3-miles long with activities including camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and hiking. Resort amenities include a campground, cabins, marina, restaurant and bar. The marina rents boats including fishing boat, paddle boats, canoe and kayak. Bear River supports fish species like rainbow trout, German brown trout and lake trout (Mackinaw trout).

Bear River Lake Resort
40800 Highway 88
Pioneer, CA 95666
(209) 295-4868

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Alpine Lake

Lake Alpine is located off Highway 4 northeast of Angels Camp. Alpine is 1-mile long with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, biking and hiking. Resort amenities include cabins, tent cabins, a general store, restaurant and bar. Boat rentals include fishing boat, row boat, paddle boats, canoe and kayak. Alpine is loaded with rainbow trout.

Lake Alpine Resort
4000 Highway 4
Bear Valley, CA 95223
(209) 753-6350

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Pinecrest Lake is located off Highway 108 northeast of Jamestown & Sonora. Pinecrest is 1-mile long with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, camping, biking and hiking. Resort amenities include cabins, tent cabins, a general store, restaurant and bar. Boat rentals include fishing boat, pontoon boats, sailboats, paddle boats, canoe and kayak. Pinecrest is full of rainbow trout.

Pinecrest Lake Resort
Highway 108
Pinecrest, CA 95364
(209) 965-3411

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Bass Lake is located off Highway 41 south of Yosemite National Park. Sunset Magazine® once rated Bass as one of the Best Destinations in California. Bass is 4-miles long with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, tennis, golfing and sightseeing. Resort amenities include resort-style accommodations, restaurants, groceries, laundry rooms, a marina and much more. Boat rentals include fishing boat, ski boats, pontoon boats, ski boats, Jet Ski, paddle boat, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak. Bass supports fish species like bass, crappie, trout, catfish, sunfish, perch and kokanee salmon.

Bass Lake Resort
54432 Road 432
Bass Lake, CA 93604
(800) 350-7463

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Huntington Lake is located off Highway 168 northeast of Fresno. Sandwiched between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Huntington is 4-miles long with activities include fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, horseback riding and sightseeing. Resort amenities include cabins, a restaurant, general store and marina. Boat rentals include fishing boats, patio boats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats. Huntington supports fish species like smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee salmon.

Huntington Lake
61953 Huntington Lake Road
Lakeshore, CA 93634
(800) 987-7368

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Shaver Lake is located off Highway 168 northeast of Fresno. Sandwiched between Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Shaver is 3-miles round with activities including fishing, boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and sightseeing. Amenities include cabins, a restaurant, general store and marina. Boat rentals include fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, jet ski, paddle boat, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak. Shaver supports fish species like smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee salmon.

Shaver Lake
Camp Edison Road
Shaver Lake, CA 93664
(866) 500-3350

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Lake Isabella is located off Highway 178 northeast of Bakersfield. Isabella is 10-miles long with activities include fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, water-skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Amenities include hotels, restaurants, stores and marinas. Boat rentals include fishing boat, pontoon boats, Jet Ski, kayaks and paddle boats. Isabella supports fish species like smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, brown trout, kokanee salmon, bluegill, carp, sucker fish and squawfish.

North Fork Marina
700 Tuttle Road
Wofford Heights, CA 93285
(760) 376-1812

French Gulch Marina
Highway 155
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
(760) 379-8774

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