Spicer Meadow Reservoir

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Spicer Meadow Reservoir

Size and Location: The 189,000 acre foot reservoir is formed by New Spicer Meadow Dam on Highland Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, at 6620 feet in elevation. It has a surface area of 2,000 acres when full. The reservoir is situated eight miles southwest of Highway 4 on Spicer Reservoir Road in the Stanislaus National Forest.

History: The reservoir is a relatively new one, since the 262 foot tall rock-fill dam was completed on Highland Creek in 1989 and filled in 1990. Additional water is diverted from the North Fork of the Stanislaus River by the North Fork Diversion Dam and a two-mile tunnel. Calaveras County Water District (CCWA) owns the dam. Water from the reservoir supplies drinking water and water for irrigation in Calaveras County. The water district, along with the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) sells electricity from the 6-MW hydroelectric plant at the base of the dam. 

Boating Facilities and Regulations: A boat ramp with turnaround area and movable dock is available when the lake is full. No overnight mooring is permitted. Maximum speed on the western portion of the lake is 10 mph; the eastern portion, surrounded by the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized uses only.

Supplies: Gas, groceries, and camping supplies are available in Arnold, Camp Connell, and Bear Valley.

Camping: A Wilderness Permit (available at the District Office free of charge) is required for shoreline camping in the eastern (non-motorized) portion of the lake.

Spicer Reservoir Campground: located at 6,200 feet on a timbered setting on the shore of Spicer Reservoir. There are 43 total campsites. The maximum vehicle length is 50’, the maximum length of stay is 14 days and the maximum use is six persons per single unit site, with several multiple units for small groups. Piped water, restrooms, vault toilets, tables, picnic table, stoves, BBQ grills are available. Reservations are first-come, first-served. The campground is open from June to October, weather permitting.

National Forest Information: Calaveras Ranger District, P.O. Box 500, Hathaway Pines, CA 95233, (209) 795-1381, http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/stanislaus/calaveras/camping/spicer.shtml

Fishing Information: Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, (209) 795-1686  

Articles & Reports
Twilight Trout Magic At Spicer Reservoir Twilight Trout Magic At Spicer Reservoir

Written By: Dan Bacher,
November 24, 2014

Twilight, the magic transition time between day and night, is one of the top times to catch trout in Sierra Nevada lakes throughout the year.

This fact became clear on my shore fishing adventure on November 9 at Spicer Meadow Reservoir,...


Spicer Meadows Night Paddling, Camping and Fishing Spicer Meadows Night Paddling, Camping and Fishing

Written By: Headwaters Fishing Team,
June 24, 2014

Over a recent weekend I had a chance to mix two of my favorite hobbies kayaking and camping, which I have done many times separately but never camped out of a kayak. I also threw in a little fishing when Bam and I went up to New Spicer...


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Nov. 20, 2012 White Pines Lake Only Trout Option

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Arnold) The only place where you can fish for trout locally, now that Spicer and Alpine lakes are snowed in until spring, is White Pines Reservoir or New Melones Lake.

Even there, you’re going to have walk through several inches of snow. “It’s been snowing the last...


Nov. 1, 2012 Snow Arrives Early At Spicer, Alpine Lakes

Written By: Dan Bacher,

(Arnold) Shore fishing for rainbow trout had just turned on at Spicer Reservoir when the first storm of the year left snow on the road to the lake, preventing anglers from getting in.

Likewise, anglers had to walk through 2 feet of snow to fish on Lake Alpine on the...


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