Motorized water craft like jet skis and wave runners continue to grow in popularity here in the Eastern Sierra. While water-skiing and wake boarding remain favorite activities there are limited places where you can rent them so do bring your own or check out what is available during the time you plan your vacation. Ride these super-powered machines in crystal clear lakes such as Topaz, Klondike, Grant, Diaz, Walker and Crowley, which are all open to powerboats and have the size to accommodate glorius long runs. Some rentals are available at the various marinas.
Crowley Lake seems to be the popular choice for early water skiing runs. Hey you got love it, unviortunately the fisherman don't. Hey... we're waking up the fish for you to catch!
Afternoon thermal winds over lakes and ponds make conditions ideal for board sailing in the Eastern Sierra. We also have a couple of kite boarders in Mammoth. We're on to something...
Crowley Lake Crowley is located just a few miles south of Mammoth. It offers some of the most prestigious trout fishing in California. The huge man made reservoir is a domestic water system for Los Angeles. The lake is 12 miles long and 5 miles at its widest point. So it is perfect to take some water skiing / wake board runs. The water is melted snow, so you might want to bring a wet suit with you. Crowley Lake is a facility for storing the Eastern High Sierra snow and rainwater. When the reservoir is filled, it becomes an anglers delight. Crowley Lake fishing season begins the last Saturday of every April and goes through October 31. Opening weekend at Crowley hosts the largest festivities in the Eastern Sierra.
June Lake is a natural glacial mountain lake dating back 5 million years. The June Lake Marina was established in 1920 as a base for those sportsmen who found this lake to be the answer to a trout fisherman's dream. You can call us year-round for information and reservations. The June Lake Marina maintains an excellent beach for swimming, sailing and windsailing. The marina has boat rental, launching, dock space, bait, and tackle.
Grant Lake is by far the largest of the four lakes on the June Lake Loop, although, as a reservoir on the Los Angeles aqueduct system, its level can vary widely. The 12,000-foot elevations of the summit of Mt Wood loom just above, as do the lush aspen groves of Parker. On the lake itself, a 10 M.P.H. speed limit is imposed until 10:00 a.m. each day, to accommodate the early morning fishermen. After 10:00, speedier watercraft may take to the lake, and sports such as water-skiing, wakeboarding and jet skiing may be enjoyed. Most of the shoreline is accessible to the public by unpaved roads that connect to both California Route 158 and U.S. 395. Your visit to Grant Lake will reveal a fabulous summer water sports playground, as well as one of the Sierra's premier trout fishing retreats.
Boating jet skiing and swimming on Diaz Lake what a great way to spend the day! Diaz is a natural lake that was formed after the earthquake of 1802 when the floor of the Owens Valley dropped 20 feet. Today Diaz Lake is a popular day use area with fishing, boating, picnicking and a playground for the children. Located on the west shore of Diaz Lake is a campground with 200 tree-covered sites with grills, tables, drinking water, and picnic and rest room facilities. There is also a boat launch ramp and concession stand. Camping reservations are recommended and can be made two weeks in advance.
Only three miles north of Big Pine, this small lake is a popular local spot for swimming, water-skiing, sailing and windsurfing. Klondike Lake is reached by a dirt road off US 395 0.7 mi north of Reynolds Rd. (there is no roadside sign; there is a left-hand turn pocket for those coming from the north). The lake is heavily used for recreation on summer weekends. Klondike Lake is a shallow lake, mostly used for wind sports in the summer time. Look for the marked dirt road.
Topaz straddles the Cal/Nev state line and a fishing license from either state is honored there. The lake is known for its trophy trout and you can fish most of the year round. Topaz is popular with boaters and water skiers who generally keep their distance from the anglers. You'll find picnic grounds, camping and boat launching facilities located at the northeast shore of the lake.
Walker is a haven for boating, fishing, camping, hiking and bird watching. Water skiing and personal watercraft are welcome along with quiet vessels such as canoes and kayaks - perfect for exploring the Walker River Delta or observing loons, grebes, and other water birds. Major beaches and campgrounds include Sportsman's Beach, Twenty Mile Beach, Tamarack and Walker Lake State Park.
Diaz Lake 760-876-5656
Crowley Lake 760-935-4301
Topaz Lake 775-266-3343
Grant Lake 760-648-7964
Walker Lake 775-945-5896
June Lake 760-648-7726