- Find terrific Sierra outdoor recreation at the Lake Valley Reservoir
- A short trip from Lake Tahoe on Interstate 80
- Enjoy exploring inlets along the shore from a kayak or canoe
- Fish for brown bullheads and rainbows
- Have a picnic along the shore of Lake Valley Reservoir
Just off Interstate 80, high in the Sierras, you’ll find a crystal clear reservoir surrounded by pines and providing recreational opportunities galore. If on a Lake Tahoe vacation, this is an ideal side trip to find adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Location & Information
From Truckee, California (not far from Lake Tahoe), take Interstate 80 West to the Yuba Gap exit. Head south to the intersection with Lake Valley Road and turn right. After one mile, you come to another intersection and you make a left on Forest Road 19. This dirt road will take you to the parking area for the Silver Tip Picnic Area and Boat Launch.
Although the lake is drawn down by the late summer season, the best times to come are from May through October.
Besides watching the birds and wildlife along the shores of Lake Valley Reservoir, there are many other activities to enjoy.
You’ll find a boat ramp at the Silver Tip Picnic Area and won’t have to pay a fee to launch. Since surrounding hills protect the reservoir, there are no high winds, making this lake the perfect place to enjoy some paddling. Explore the inlets around the shoreline.
Find excellent fishing from kayaks or canoes on the reservoir. You’ll catch brown bullheads and rainbows.
The picnic area has 10 picnic sites to enjoy. It’s a great place to spread a small feast and eat while the sun reflects off the lake.
There are 35 sites at the campground, and fees are required. This campground is open from late June through Labor Day.
Lake Valley Reservoir is on the North Fork of the American River. It sits at an elevation of 5,840 feet and when full, holds 8,000 acre-feet of water.