Lake Valley Reservoir

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Size and Description: Lake Valley Reservoir in Placer County is a component of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Drum Spaulding Hydropower Project. The lake, located at an elevation of 5840 ft. in a forested mountain setting, has a 300-acre surface area and is about 2 miles long. It holds 8,000 acre-feet of water when full. Tall lodgepole pine trees and granite rocks surround the reservoir. There is quick and easy access from I-80. The long, somewhat narrow shape is great for flatwater paddling. 

Fish Species: The DFG has resumed planting rainbow trout in Lake Valley after four years with no trout stocks. Over the decades, the DFG has also planted brook trout, brown trout and even king salmon. Brown bullheads are very abundant in the reservoir.

Boat Ramp: A concrete boat ramp is located in the Silver Tip Picnic Area. There is no fee. The lake is drawn down severely by late summer.

Day Use: Silver Tip Picnic Area is provided and maintained by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company: 10 picnic sites. The season is May through October.

Directions: From Sacramento, take Interstate 80 East and exit at the Yuba Gap exit. Continue until the intersection and turn right onto Lake Valley Road. Continue for about 1 mile to another intersection, where you will make a left onto Forest Road 19 (a dirt road). Continue and park at the Silver Tip Picnic Area and  Boat Launch.

Camping and Lodging: Lodgepole Campground is operated by the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company. There are 35 campsites with fees required. The facility is operated from late June through Labor Day. Lodging and restaurants are available in Colfax, while grocery, bait and tackle are available at the Nyack Shell Convenience Store, 1 Nyack Rd, Emigrant Gap, CA. 95715-9998, phone (530) 389-8212.

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Visiting Two Good Friends In The Sierra

Written By: Dan Bacher,
September 21, 2013

On Sunday, September 8, I had the chance to visit with two good friends. The first was Lake Valley Reservoir, where I love to fish for rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish.

The second good friend I visited with was Chris Hammond, the...

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Visiting Two Good Friends In The Sierra

Written By: Dan Bacher,

On Sunday, September 8, I had the chance to visit with two good friends. The first was Lake Valley Reservoir, where I love to fish for rainbow trout and brown bullhead catfish.

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Lake Valley Recreation Area Facts

Written By: Dan Bacher,

Size and Description: Lake Valley Reservoir in Placer County is a component of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Drum Spaulding Hydropower Project. The lake, located at an elevation of 5840 ft. in a forested mountain setting, has a 300-acre surface area and is about 2 miles...

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Weather Report for Lake Valley Reservoir

Todays date: Wednesday October 22, 2014

Lake Valley Reservoir Species
  • Trout
  • Trout


Water Level for Lake Valley Reservoir

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