Kayaking Manzanita Lake


Manzanita Lake is located just inside the north entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is a relatively small lake but offers hours of great fishing, kayaking, and scenery. On the day that we were there, the weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny skies, a light breeze, and an air temperature of about 80 degrees. My father, girlfriend, and I arrived at the lake with our fishing gear and kayaks around 9 AM.

We had the lake to ourselves for about 2 hours. My father and I fished for awhile but didn’t so much as get a bite. The Rainbow and Brown Trout in this lake are quite difficult to catch. The water is extremely clear and you can typically see down to a depth of roughly 20 feet. ┬áThere are a lot of weeds growing in this lake, so losing your fishing hook or lure is probable from time to time.

Kayaking Manzanita Lake

After a few hours of paddling around and fishing, we decided to head to shore, hang up our hammocks, eat some homemade sandwiches, and relax in the shade. Swaying between two trees while in a hammock is honestly the most relaxing feeling in the world to me! After a quick nap and packing up the hammocks we launched the kayaks again for another paddle around the lake. By this time the lake was crowded with other kayakers, as were the beaches. We headed back towards the dock, loaded the boats up into our trucks, and headed back down the mountain towards home.

All in all, it was a fantastic day. It’s always very relaxing for me to get out on the water in a beautiful setting like this. What’s even better is that this location is only an hour drive away, so we’ll definitely be going back.

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