Loon Lake Reservoir Kayak Camp

Central Sierra Hiking Group
Central Sierra Hiking Group
Public group

Crystal Basin Information Station, Ranger Station

· California, CA

How to find us

Meet at the FS Crystal Basin Information Center on Icehouse road. Coordinates: 38.844462,-120.371969

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Kayak, swim, hike, fish and campout at the East end of Loon Lake Reservoir for three days, July 30 thru August 1st.

We will initially meet up at the Crystal Basin Information Center on Icehouse Rd. at 10am where we can get updated information on conditions of the lake, campground, bears, etc. Then we will drive another 30 minutes to the Loon Lake boat ramp.

There we will load our boats with all the necessary camping gear and food then paddle our kayaks from the put-in site, three miles to the eastern end of Loon Lake Reservoir and camp for two nights at the Forest Service Pleasant Lake boat-in campground.

On the second day we may hike in the Desolation Wildness Area to Buck Island Lake, Rockbound Lake and further, depending on conditions and our energy levels.

On the third day we will pack up our camp and paddle back to the put-in site.

Like a lot of Sierra Reservoirs Loon Lake has a reputation for strong winds blowing up canyon in the afternoons, so if we have seen this pattern developing on prior days we will want to plan to get an early start back and have spray skirts available to button up the boats if the afternoon winds do kick up. With the kayaks we will have the ability to hug the shore and seek out protected areas as much as possible.

It goes without saying that PFD's are required. (But I better say it anyway). It is best practice to have a bow line on your boat about as long as the boat. It comes in handy for many things, at many times.

Parking at the Loon Lake boat ramp costs $8 per day, per vehicle. There is no charge, and no permit is needed for the Pleasant Lake boat-in campground.

This is all based on the great weather we should be seeing in July, but we can work out final details closer to our departure date and possibly make adjustments as needed.