Sonora, CA 95370
- Year round
Lake Alpine is a small, scenic reservoir located in a timbered setting at an elevation of 7,350 feet. It covers 180 acres at a depth of 40 feet. A boat ramp is located near Lake Alpine Picnic Area. Maximum speed limit on the lake is 10 mph. No overnight mooring is permitted, and motorized boats are not allowed on the lake at night.
In addition to select campgrounds , Forest Service developed recreation facilities include three developed Day Use Sites (Chickaree, Lake Alpine, and Marmot) including 48 picnic sites with grills, flush toilets and piped water; and, a boat launch.
Accommodations are also available at the Lake Alpine Lodge, a full-service summer resort operated under Special Use Permit with the Stanislaus National Forest. The Lodge is open from May 1 through October 31 (weather permitting). It offers cabin rentals, a sit-down restaurant and cocktail lounge, public (fee) showers, a Laundromat, canoe, kayak, row and motor boat rentals, mountain bike rentals, and a small general store with groceries, fishing and camping gear, house wares, souvenirs, etc.
A valid California state fishing license is needed to fish in the National Forest. Licenses are sold at sporting good outlets in many department and other retail stores. Make sure you pick up a current state fishing regulation guide with your license, for information on fishing times and limits. Contact California Department of Fish and Game for more information.
Map + Directions
Just east of the community of Bear Valley on State Highway 4, 50 miles east of Angels Camp