Pinecrest Lake - Flat Water Paddling
For a convenient kayak- or canoe-centric outdoor escape that’s a tad closer—and slightly less crowded—than Lake Tahoe, consider Pinecrest Lake, a 300-acre lake in the Stanislaus National Forest and owned by Pacific Gas & Electric.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Time To Complete
One to Several Days
On Leash Only
Dogs are not allowed between Pinecrest Lake Road/Pinecrest Avenue and the lake and the boat launch and the fishing pier from May 15 - September 15. Dogs are required to be on a leash anywhere else in the Pinecrest Recreation Area.
If you plan to fish, you will need a valid California state fishing license, which you can get at a sporting goods store.
- Coastal Paddling
- Flat Water Paddling
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- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Trail Running