Boat ramps and developed campground sites are accessible.
Take State Road (SR) 10 to the junction with SR-29, turn west on SR-29 follow it to a Y intersection in Orangeville. Take a right turn, and continue on SR-29 to Joes Valley. Road is paved, but a bit narrow. Straight Canyon is a favorite of climbers and fishers, so watch for pedestrians and vehicles on the shoulders.
Parking is available at fishing and boating areas around the lake.
Joes Valley Campground is adjacent to the reservoir. This campground provides vault toilets and potable water (see current conditions), but no electricity. Roads and parking spurs are paved, and each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Some sites are shaded. Single and double sites are available, as well as wheelchair accessible sites and restrooms. Boat ramp campsites can no longer be reserved, but the parking lot is now used for day use and overflow parking when the main campground is full.
No. of Sites
32 single site(s), 17 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites
5 of 49
Can be reserved online or by calling 1-877-444-6777, International 518-885-3639, TDD 1-877-833-6777.
Straight Canyon, near Joes Valley is a favorite for bouldering. Joes attracts bouldering enthusiasts from around the world to try their skills on some of the valley's classic problems with sandy landings, bomb-proof holds, and gorgeous surroundings.
Spring is a favorite time for climbing in Straight Canyon.
Easy to Difficult
Lake and Pond Fishing
Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:
Joes Valley Reservoir offers fishing for cutthroat, rainbow trout, and trophy splake.
A spring supplying the area dried up during 2010. Although the Forest Service is attempting to restore water service, water may not be available during 2011 season. Please come prepared with your own potable water.
Fishing is available year-round.
Joes Valley Resort rents watercraft, OHVs and bikes. Food Ranch in Orangeville has groceries, gas, propane, water, air and some sporting goods.