Kayaks Canoes, Paddling
A great way to enjoy the Sierras is floating and paddling through some of the peaceful lakes of Mono or Crowley Lake. Or experience the incredible calm of the high alpine waters canoeing or kayaking in one of the many lakes nestled in the Eastern Sierra. There are lots of freshwater lakes that offer delightful locations to paddle kayaks and canoes. You can paddle your boat to a secluded beach and enjoy a picnic in the sand.
On Lake Mary in Mammoth, you can rent kayaks or canoes and join in the craze that is sweeping the Eastern Sierra. Mammoth Kayaks runs the concession and can offer you all the equipment you could possibly want.
Crowley Lake is a large freshwater lake close to Mammoth Lakes with spectacular scenery of the surrounding Sierra Nevada peaks. Rentals are available right at the Crowley Marina from May to October. Guided tours are also available so you won't race by a scenic gem overlooked by many paddlers. Or you can paddle a kayak along the twenty-mile shoreline and discover hidden coves and sandy beaches for yourself
Grant Lake, a reservoir upstream from Mono Lake, has lots of sandy beaches and great vistas of Mt. Wood. Trees line the shoreline and the water is refreshing on a hot day. Autumn colors are especially vibrant on the lakeshore and hills that surround the lake. Grant Lake is part of the watershed that fills Mono Lake and the lake is quite full these days.
You can also paddle through Mono Lake, but must be extra cautious of the tufa towers. Paddle a kayak through the tufa towers and experience the strange and fascinating ecosystem that makes the lake unique. Mono Lake is the birth place of eighty five percent of the California gull species within California, home to the brine shrimp, alkali flies, and is an essential feeding layover for numerous species of migratory birds.
Kayak and Canoe Rentals
Mammoth provides rentals at many of the marinas, so you don't have to bring one with you. Kayaks and canoe rentals are available at Lake Mary and at June Lake. You might also want to call the marinas directly to see what other kinds of water toys they provide. Paddle boats, the kind you use your feet are often available, as well as small fishing boats with outboard motors.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mammoth Ranger Station and Welcome Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546