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Canoe, Kayak, SUP, Kayak Fishing & Camping Info
Area Map #232 Miles of Shoreline: 3 Lake Surface Acres: 60 Elevation: 3000’ Address: Baum Lake Road Cassel, CA 96010 Ph: 916 386-5164
Paddle Notes: There are excellent paddling opportunities for all levels of paddlers at Crystal Lake. Baum Lake, located just north of Crystal Lake, winds its way into Crystal Lake. Both of these lakes are long meandering arms of the Hat Creek River. Crystal Lake is accessible by launching from Baum Lake. There are vault toilet facilities in the parking lot at Baum Lake, but no water, which doesn’t allow you to wash off the ugly algae from the bottom of your boat before you load your craft back onto your vehicle. The nearest campground is located adjacent to the launch entrance to Baum Lake, which consists of twenty-seven primitive sites with vault toilets, that are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kayak Fishing: Consistently excellent fishing opportunities is what best describes Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake allows kayak anglers the opportunity to catch trophy trout while pursuing planter-sized rainbows and browns through-out the year. The Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery, located adjacent to Baum Lake, plants 17,000 rainbows and 2,000 German browns in Crystal Lake each year. In addition, wild trout are also caught here. The lake is open to fishing year round, but the best time of year to hook a large-size trout is from December through February.
Wind & Weather Conditions: Swimming is not permitted in Crystal Lake, but the abundant growth of green algae would deter you from taking a plunge. The rapid water level fluctuations create unmarked water hazards. Be sure to watch out for submerged tree limbs and stumps. It is windy in the early spring and in the summer, which usually tapers off by sunset.
Terrain: The diverse landscape provides exquisite sights while paddling. Grassy shorelines and gentle sloping foothills covered with a mixture of pines and firs surrounds this peaceful haven. This shallow river-like lake harbors groves of pine on nearby foothill as it winds through colorful pastures.
Open: The lake is open daily for boating year-round from sunrise to sunset. Only electric motors are allowed. The boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a fee to camp, but no launch fee.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of vault toilets in the parking area, fishing, and sailing. Swimming, windsurfing, jet and waterskiing are not permitted. Only electric motors are allowed.
Resources: Pacific Gas and Electric Ph: 916 386-5164
Directions: From the town of Fall River Mills, take Highway 299 west nine-point-four miles to Cassel Road (FR7R01) and turn right on Cassel Road. Drive two miles to Hat Creek Road (Powerhouse Road) and make a left onto Hat Creek Road. Turn left on Baum Lake Road and drive one-point-one miles. Look for the signs for Baum Lake on the left. The campground entrance is on the right, across from the Baum Lake launch entrance.