Kayaking in Spicer Reservoir, Angels Camp, California USA

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.

Union Reservoir is approximately a mile long and is located near Spicer Reservoir. Its waters are sheltered, making it ideal for kayaking enthusiasts. There are primitive camping areas, an unimproved hand-launch site and pit toilets around.

North of Union Reservoir is Utica Reservoir, that has 8 mi/12.9 km of shoreline, a maze of inlets and scattered islands, making it a wonderful place for kayakers. It has an unimproved dirt launch ramp, pit toilets and camping areas like Union Reservoir. Up on the Pacific Grade Summit are Mosquito Lakes.

They are small lakes and if you choose to paddle there, you should watch out for fishing nets. At the end of a side road near the summit of Ebbetts Pass are Highland Lakes. Although they are reasonably large, their lack of varied shorelines make them less popular to kayakers. They are often exposed to brisk winds.

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 miles/201.17 km, 2 hours 41 minutes
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 / 81.5 km

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