Fun doesn’t have just one season at Lake Camanche. This reservoir that sits at the junction of three counties in the 209 offers opportunities for amusement all year long.
Lake Camanche falls within Amador, Calaveras and San Joaquin counties. It spans 7,700 surface acres and possesses 54 miles of shoreline. The North Shore, which is closer to Ione, sports a year-round café, a summertime ice cream shop and on shore camping. The South Shore, which is closer to Valley Springs, has a stocked trout pond, a summer snack shop and an amphitheater for movies and concerts in the summer,
The lake features family and group camping by the lake shoreline, cottages, RV sites, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking, equestrian trails and equestrian camping and bird watching.
Lake Camanche is known as a fantastic spot for bass fishing, with varieties like largemouth, smallmouth and spotted. It’s also a favorite destination for trout anglers. Each year 60,000 pounds of trout are stocked in the lake from June to October with the sizes ranging from one pound on up to eight pounders.
Accommodations at Lake Camanche run the gamut from tents, and RVs, to one-bedroom cottages and vacation rental homes.
The Like Camanche Recreational Company also has boat rentals that include fishing motor boats, patio boats and kayaks.
One unique option at Lake Camanche is equestrian camping at Turkey Hill. This area is nestled in 16 acres of mature oak trees adjacent to the Mokelumne Coast to Crest trail staging area at Camanche South Shore. Equestrian campers, with trail permits, will have access to 28 miles of trail. The amenities include a horse wash station.
Birdwatching is another popular activity at the lake with options for self-guided tours and led tours.
Day use rates in the summer run $18 for vehicle and $21 for a vehicle and a boat. Campsites start at $38 per night and go up depending on the type of camping and length.
For more information and to make reservations, visit golakecamanche.com.