If you make it … The northeast arm of the lake is limited to non-motorized boating. You may need to work a little harder. The snowmobile trail begins 1/4 mile from Highway 4 at the Spicer Reservoir Road Sno-park ($5 parking per day). as a water supply for its mining operations. The Current Status of Highland Creek . covers 233 acres and Union, 218. Donnell Reservoir (shown right). elevation of 6,200 feet, 3 miles from Highway 4. Union and Utica (shown left) reservoirs are good fishing destinations also. 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What: a boating Fishout to Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek in Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada with a maximum of 4 anglers. Elephant Rock Lake north, crossing the Stanislaus after a little more than a mile. Elevation Changes: Drop 1000 feet going out There is no trail up Dome Rock. For more information about snowmobile routes around Ebbetts Pass, see Ebbetts Pass Snowmobiling. Rules of the Reservoir: 10 mph speed limit on Western Arm. To View Report. 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. 8 oz. Day rides can vary from unstrained, quarter mile rides to full day excursions on strenuous mountain peaks. Spin Most of the water from the two smaller reservoirs is diverted into Spicer before Sonora, CA 95370, Summit Miwok District Summer of 2013, a short little trip to the Spicer Meadow Reservoir in Northern California. One of the best rides is at the Spicer Meadow Reservoir Area. 10-31-2018 1 lbs. The reservoir is approximately 8 miles long, and has a rugge d, rocky shoreline with breathtaking views. Camping fees are $12 per night. Stanislaus River Campground is on the bank of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River at an The map displayed above is for illustrative purposes only. Possibility to catch or miss alot trout. road out to near its end on the west side of Utica where there is a good staging area. Drive out to the end of the Summit Lake Road off Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. It has a surface area of 2,000 acres when full. The weather is perfect for the trollers, as it cools down the fish will start to come up. From the shore, bait fishermen report pink PowerBait works well, along with nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. Distance: 6.5 miles one way, mountain trail The beautiful forest and lake setting attracts anglers and kayakers, hikers and nature lovers. At one time they were areas for dispersed camping, but recently developed campgrounds have been established around the lakes. Distance: 4 miles one way, mountain trail A few weeks ago I did a short solo camping trip in Stanislaus National Forest. There are a few personal essential personal items that I will recommend but I have plenty of gear to lend. Expect good fishing in all three reservoirs and in the nearby streams. The reservoir is actually called "New" Spicer Reservoir, so presumably there was an old one here before I recommend New Spicer Meadow Reservoir to anyone looking for a great place to camp and fish. The route follows the roads to Union and Utica Reservoirs, Summit and Elephant Rock Lakes, or the Spicer Reservoir Power House. Sword lake is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers because of the short 2.5 mile hike from the County Line Trailhead and excellent swimming opportunities. Timbered setting near the shore of Spicer Reservoir. The rangers at the Summit station in Pinecrest have said that the trailhead could be driven to in regular passenger vehicles but there are many holes and rocks. Kamloop trout. Both reservoirs are about 2 miles off Spicer Reservoir Road. In 1946 the complex of reservoirs and canals was sold to Pacific Gas & Electric. Pinecrest, CA 95364, Calaveras District There is a concrete launch ramp PO Box 500 Spicer Meadows Reservoir has a reputation for having unbelievably gorgeous scenery. Hiking with gear ½ mile. Current fly fishing conditions are still good. Spicer Reservoir is about 8 miles long, and half of the reservoir is in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Area. Every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, but we cannot be responsible for errors or for changes that may have occurred since publication. Since it is in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, you will need a wilderness permit to camp. to oversee the water delivery for various local water agencies. Spicer Reservoir Campground. Spicer Reservoir Road 8½ miles to the turnoff to Union and Utica reservoirs. Spicer Meadow Reservoir is stocked with Eagle Lake rainbows and Is it the cheapest? Maximum speed on the lower portion of the lake is 10 mph; the upper portion, surrounded by the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized uses only. The best fishing in Union is reportedly at the western end We had some random footage so I threw it together. Motor-driven boats are allowed on Spicer's Meadow Reservoir while canoes and kayaks are more appropriate for nearby Utica and Union Reservoirs. The northern arm of the lake, adjacent to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized recreation (canoe and kayak) opportunities. Distance: 5.5 miles one way, mountain trail Fish Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout: Latest Photos. For more information about OHV routes around Ebbetts Pass, see Ebbetts Pass OHV. Spicer Meadow reservoir was a short 5 minute walk from the campground. Spicer Meadow Reservoir has the best boating facilities of the three lakes. Very experienced riders may try the un-groomed route along Slick Rock Road to access Lake Alpine. For more information about camping at Spicer, Union and Utica reservoirs, see Spicer Meadow Reservoir Campgrounds. Camping and sleeping in tents. ), Recovery Beyond decided to backpack to Spider Meadows, a gorgeous alpine meadow hike located close to Leavenworth, Washington. It There's a boat launch and a nice picnic area right on the lake. south up over the saddle by Whittakers Dardanelle. for a pick-up (2.3 miles, 800-foot climb). Nine miles southeast of Highway 4 on Spicer Reservoir Road (7N01). Vault toilets are provided along with unimproved launch ramps. A boat launch ramp is nearby. Will require paddling or peddling Hobie 8 miles. German browns are in the lake, but rarely caught. A nearby sandy beach area is located at the southern end of the campground. Gas, groceries, and camping supplies are available in Arnold, Camp Connell, and Bear Valley. America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes and Golden Age/Golden Access passes accepted, reduces camping fee to half-price per night. Lake Information. to native trout which are a little harder to catch. Spicer Meadow Reservoir Fishing Report Spicer Meadow Reservoir - Bear Valley, CA (Tuolumne County) by Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods 11-7-2016 Website. From the trailhead at the dam at Spicer Reservoir, follow the trail south up over the saddle by Whittakers Dardanelle. Spicer Reservoir Campground Group Site. being released back into the Stanislaus via Highland Creek. Map Information. The lakes are accessed via 9-mile long Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road, which leaves Highway 4 about 4 miles west of New Spicer Meadow Slick Rock, also referred to as the Ladder - a stepped portion of smooth granite. Approaching Spicer Meadow Reservoir accesses the trails up the South side of Bull Run Peak via Bull Run Creek to pass North between Bull Run and Henry Peaks to Pacific Valley on Highway 4. In 1889-92 the Utica Gold Mining Co. built Lake Alpine Excellent group camp amenities include tables, fire pits, a covered food preparation area, a campfire circle and parking. What: a boating Fishout to Spicer Meadows Reservoir & Highland Creek in Carson Iceburg Wilderness Area, Sierra Nevada with … Spicer Meadow Reservoir covers 2000 acres at 6,418 ft. elevation. Hathaway Pines, CA 95233, Groveland District Spicer Reservoir Trail is a 19.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Arnold, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The hardest section is at The reservoir is part of the Stanislaus River Watershed downhill from Lake Alpine and is on Stanislaus Forest Service land. Trout Fishing Family Paradise At Spicer Meadow Reservoir. lake elevation 6418′ 227 surface acres. Gardner Meadow on the Spicer Reservoir road (2.5 miles to Sand Flat, 900-foot drop). and cross-country skiers into the area. No reservations. Distance: 1.8 miles one way, mountain trail Spicer Reservoir offers low-speed boating (boat launch available), and excellent fishing, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. Place: Spicer Meadows Reservoir, Stanislaus National Forest, California Coordinates: 38.407836, -119.996876 As happened so many times before, I decided where to go on Labor Day weekend when it was already too late to reserve anything. There are two main trailheads to access this lake. #1 Pinecrest Lake Road miles of shoreline, several islands, and numerous inlets. Backpacking is one of these activities. $140 per night. Sword Lake is one of the many natural, alpine lakes nestled in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness in the Stanislaus National Forest. Emergency medical services available at the Arnold Medical Clinic in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold, or at Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital in San Andreas (Highway 49). Arnold and Bear Valley Adventure Company in Bear Valley. This reservoir has a rugged, rocky shoreline and great views. The campground has brown bullhead catfish which can be caught easily from the banks. At about 3 miles pass Duck Spicer Meadow Reservoir Fish Report for 11-7-2016. If you know what you are doing, you will catch a lot of fish. Camping is on a first come - first served basis. (See below for Group Camping information). This dam was replaced in the 1980's which eliminated the natural spawning areas of Spicer… Lost Lake, Sword Lake, and Spicer Reservoir: We took this trip in June of 2010, a snowy year that meant many other trails would be covered with snow or under water. Reservations required: Spicer Group Campground Reservations. 3 Star Fatty Day! by snow, but a Sno-Park located at the junction with Highway 4 provides a winter launching site for snowmobilers Map showing recreational areas. Float tubes have plenty of success too, staying close to shore to avoid the wind. The summit of the rock is 2,700 feet above the canyon There is a bridge, so you could cross and hike up to Highway 4 at Big Meadow Dave 7-23-2018 Hike from has no officially designated ramp, car-top boats can be launched there. the Duck Creek bridge. The Views of the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus can be gained from a low summit just south of Horse Meadow. In and out. At … Directions: Spicer Reservoir Road leaves Highway 4 twenty-two miles east of Arnold or six miles west of Lake Alpine. Bear Valley. Only a short drive away are beautiful Utica Reservoir and Union Reservoir with more opportunities for fishing, camping, and kayaking. by experienced cross-country hikers or mountaineers. Spicer Reservoir Facts. Best done as an overnight backpack trip. The campground can accommodate up to … Wheats Meadow Trailhead (Spicer Dam side)– This trailhead provides access to Wheats Meadow, the western side of the Dardanelle Cones, the eastern side of Spicer Reservoir, and Sword Lake.The trail is a long one, most commonly used by backpackers and hunters.Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4) Online wilderness permits are available. Spicer, Utica, and Union reservoirs (along with nearby Lake Alpine) Reach the lakes off Spicer Reservoir Road, which leaves Highway 4 twenty-two miles east of Arnold. Another good spot for boaters Follow the road to Then in the 1980s the Calaveras County Water District and Northern California Power Agency Utica's Sandy Flat - 11 walk-in campsites, Utica's Rocky Point - 12 walk-in campsites, Granite Gulch Group Campsite: $48 per night. The group camp holds a maximum of 60 people. The area offers boating (10 MPH limit), fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Boats on Spicer are limited to 10 MPH. Groveland, CA 95321. Click the links below to see updated reservoir levels. Share. Utica and Union are at about 6,800 feet elevation, Spicer a little lower at 6,400. took over the system and began work on the new Spicer Meadow Reservoir. The closest one is the County Line trailhead, at which you can park after having survived driving 6 miles of dusty dirt road, of Highway 108. Elevation Changes: 800 feet gain going out Union Reservoir (shown right) has an unimproved boat ramp suitable for small fishing boats. It should only be attempted Then drop into Wheats Meadow, a possible camping spot. It is the largest of the four reservoirs in the area. It’s a moderate level, five mile in and out hike […] Check with rangers about the suitability of conditions before setting out on any hike or other forest activity. 2 NFS Campgrounds at west end of lake: Spicer Campground (60 sites) Spicer Group Camp (75 people max) Campgrounds only open June-September. Another 2 miles leads to either lake. are all part of a linked storage system which provides drinking water and hydroelectric power. Union is stocked with rainbows, while Utica is home Union Reservoir and Utica Reservoir are side by side, about 4 miles north of Spicer Meadow Reservoir. Spicer Meadows, Spicer Reservoir, Rd #7N01 Spicer Lake, Stanislaus National Forest. Do The upper part of Spicer is limited to non-motorized boats. A 43-site developed campground and group camping facilities are available during the summer months, and there are a number of hiking and horseback riding trails to explore. Spicer Reservoir Campground located at an elevation of 6,400 feet near Spicer Meadow Reservoir. Nope. It's $30/night for a single site ($60/night for a double). This area has three different trail paths. Bring your fishing rod and fresh water. and parking area for trailers. Utica Reservoir followed in (Still another 1.3 miles to the Since it is in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, you Elevation Changes: 600 feet gain and some downhill going toward Lake Alpine Spicer Meadow Reservoir is an awesome place for trout fishing, camping, picnicking, and family enjoyment. The campground is 9 miles off Highway 4 on Spicer Reservoir Road. A trip with spectacular views of the Dardanelles and the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River Canyon by continued drinking water supply for Calaveras communities, in 1995 the Utica Power Authority was formed The northern arm of the lake, adjacent to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized recreation (canoe and kayak) opportunities. Union and Utica reservoirs are located side by side 2 miles off the Spicer Reservoir Road. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards are the most popular crafts on the two smaller reservoirs. The road is closed in the winter The 189,000 acre foot (233,000,000 m 3) reservoir is formed by New Spicer Meadow Dam on Highland Creek, a tributary of the Stanislaus River. 5519 Highway 4 Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can be rented from companies such as Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in It is one of the older reservoirs in the Sierra, built around 1929 when a dam on Highland Creek was constructed creating a narrow and short lake. Although Utica Reservoir Spicer Reservoir offers low-speed boating (boat launch available), and excellent fishing, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. Trollers at Spicer do well with needlefish, Sparklefish, or Goldeneyes, working the area from the ramp to the dam. Note that the trail junction configuration up Bull Run Creek at the end of Spicer Meadow Reservoir has changed. Gigantic gray granite boulders and mountains surround the area. The 3.5-mile Slick Rock trail begins at Utica Reservoir and runs up to Lake Alpine. Utica Power boats are allowed on the west end (non-Wilderness), but have a 5 mph speed limit, so generally aren’t a problem. The road to Union and Utica reservoirs diverges after about a mile. No motorized boating in Eastern Arm. Spicer Reservoir Group Campground is located at an elevation of 6,400 feet along the shore of Spicer Meadow Reservoir. There was a limit of eight people for this trip. Supervisor's Office Using data provided by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), it’s easy to keep an eye on inflows, outflows and reservoir storage levels throughout Calaveras County and the state. We needed a campground to accommodate 40-50 campers. is 9 miles from Highway 4 over a good paved road. Spicer Meadow Reservoir, California fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. At Spicer Reservoir Group Campground you can enjoy views of the picturesque 2000 acre lake, hiking in the surrounding Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, and paddle sports like kayaking and SUP. Both lakes also have From the trailhead at the dam at Spicer Reservoir, follow the trail Start at Spicer Reservoir and hike through Corral Meadow and then make then steep descent into the Stanislaus Reservoir, which replaced the older reservoir in 1989, is the largest of the lakes with 2000 surface acres. River Canyon, arriving there at Sand Flat. The northern arm of the lake, adjacent to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized recreation (canoe and kayak) opportunities. The Lake on your right. of the lake near the boat ramp. Spicer Reservoir has a surface area of 2,000 acres when full. campgrounds has 25 sites for tents or RVs, hand pumped water, and vault toilets. Some campsites at the campground are wheelchair accessible. Elevation Changes: 100 feet up and down The speed limit there is 5 MPH. For the inaugural backpacking trip this summer (exciting, we know! Camp only in developed Campgrounds. By night keep the large camp aglow with a bonfire fitting for a group. To see data on specific reservoirs in Calaveras County, click the links below: Spicer Meadows Reservoir New Melones… Follow the might walking on an established trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Then drop into Wheats Meadow, a possible camping spot. 24545 Highway 120 is along the rock walls. toilets. Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases; transporting it can move these pests to new locations. Elephant Rock, a half mile each way over fairly level terrain. The campground has 43 sites for tents or RVs, with piped water and vault Spicer Meadow Reservoir - Bear Valley, CA. piped water, a covered group cooking and eating area, vault toilets and a campfire area. all or part of the convoluted shore line. route leads north from Utica and up across polished granite outcroppings. casters favor Rapalas and Kastmasters. Nor have all the camping gear and water gear. Spicer Reservoir Group Camp is located on the west shore, overlooking the lake. Spicer Reservoir visitors enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Always confirm information with the service provider and check for any recent changes that may have been made. To ensure a Expect to take longer than you Dave's nice 16" rainbow that was a bit over a pound and a half. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Elephant Rock Lake past Elephant Rock and up to Rock Lake. will need a wilderness permit to camp. View Report. Distance: 6 miles one way, cross-country Hike from Ebbetts Pass Sierra Hwy 4. The information provided on this website is done so without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Spicer Reservoir Campground located at an elevation of 6,400 feet near Spicer Meadow Reservoir. Near Bear Valley lies Ebbetts Pass, which is perfect for backpacking. Nesting osprey can be seen in the summer. New Spicer Meadow Reservoir is a reservoir in the Sierra Nevada, within the Stanislaus National Forest in eastern Tuolumne County, California.. I decided on Spicer Meadow Campground as it's near 3 good sized reservoirs. The New Spicer Meadow Dam and Reservoir, commonly known as Spicer Reservoir, was named for the summer cow camp of the Daniel Spicer family from Salt Spring Valley. Union and Utica reservoirs are about 3 miles away. The lake has 22 Camping fees are $24 per night. Lake Alpine Resort). Elevation Changes: Climb 700 feet, drop 600 feet, climb 800 feet to summit of Dome Rock Spicer Meadow Reservoir has long been a favorite destination for anglers, hikers, kayakers, and campers. There is no established trail around Utica Reservoir, but a fairly obvious use trail circles the lake. Spicer Meadow Campground Offers Killer Mountain Views. There are 7 group sites for tents or RVs. Ebbetts Pass Adventures website makes no warranties regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of any of its maps. reach Dome Rock, continue south to Horse Meadow. Shorten this hike by beginning at public boat ramp hiking trail around lake more lakes nearby. Spicer Reservoir offers low-speed boating (boat launch available), and excellent fishing, hiking, and equestrian opportunities. Hiking / Equestrian. Then climb a ridge and drop to the trailhead at Lake Alpine. So … The latter two reservoirs are much smaller, but even more picturesque. Drive out to the end of the Summit Lake Road off Spicer Meadow Reservoir Road. The USGS Topo Maps above are inaccurate.Spicer Meadow Reservoir now extends Northeast, covering Gabbot Meadow and extending to the three trail junctions pictured on the far Left, or Eastern side of the map above.. Best done as an overnight backpack trip. 2 reviews of Spicer Meadow Campground "This is a large, well-maintained campground in Stanislaus National Forest, adjacent to Spicer Meadow Reservoir with 60 first come, first serve sites. Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking. Spicer Meadow Reservoir. For an easier hike only go as far as 1903-06 and the original Spicer in 1929. below. The Lake is still in great shape and fishing is excellent. Spicer Reservoir Family Campground is located next to Spicer Meadow Reservoir in the Stanislaus National Forest. 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