Kayaking in Ebbetts Pass, Angels Camp, California USA

7300 ft/2225 m
180 ac/7.28 m²
Bear Valley is a ski area located near Angels Camp, on highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, approximately 3 hours southeast of Sacramento, California, USA.

Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass. On Lake Alpine and on lakes around Spicer Reservoir there is flat water, perfect for kayaking. You can rent a kayak in Arnold, at Sierra Nevada Adventure Company or at Bear Valley Adventure Company. The second also offers kayaking instructions.

With all rentals, paddles and life jackets are included. Lake Alpine is found at an elevation of 7300 ft/2225 m and is open for kayaking from mid June to October. There are coves and a number of inlets to explore, along with granite islands at this 180 ac/7.28 m² lake. Afternoons might get windy.

Parking, rest rooms, day use areas, campgrounds and boat launch ramp are some of the amenities provided around the lake. Spicer Meadow Reservoir is located at the end of Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. The lake has recently expanded and it’s over 2.000 ac/8.10 km² of water with many little inlets and bays on the 22 mi/35.4 km long shoreline that is worth investigating and exploring.

The lake is at an elevation of 6400 ft/1951 m and opens in June for kayaking. Amenities offered are restrooms, campgrounds, parking lots and a boat launch ramp. The part of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness is closed for motorized boats and if you want to camp there, you need a wilderness permit.

How to Get to Destination

164 mi / 264 km, 3 hrs 5 mins
Follow I-880S to San Jose. Take the exit 31 for I-238 to I-580/Stockton/Fresno. Follow the signs for I-238/I-880/Castro Valley/Stockton Fresno and enter I-238 S. Enter I-580E. Go straight for I-205E. Enter I-5N. Take the exit California 4E to Downtown Stockton. Enter CA-4 E. Enter CA-4 E/CA-99 S. Take the exit 252B to enter CA-4 E to Farmington Rd. Turn right to CA-4 E/Farmington Rd. Go to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Head straight for CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Central Valley
89.6 mi / 144.2 km, 2 hrs 4 mins
Follow CA-108 E/E F St. Continue to follow CA-108E. Enter CA-49 N/W Stockton St. Turn left on CA-49 N/Golden Chain Highway N/S Washington St. Make an open right turn to Parrots Ferry Rd. Head straight to Parrots Ferry Rd. Turn right to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
125 mi / 201 km, 2 hrs 41 mins
Follow CA-99S. Take exit 273 to Liberty Rd. Turn left on Liberty Rd. Turn right to CA-88W. Turn left to CA-12E. Continue to CA-49 S/Golden Chain Highway S/W St Charles St. Turn left to CA-4 Bypass E/Angels Camp Bypass. Continue straight to CA-4E. Turn left on Bear Valley Rd.
Columbia Airport,
50.6 mi / 81.4 km

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