Area Status: Open
Species Present: Rainbow and Brook Trout.
Seasons: Open all year.
Directions: From Interstate 5, take Highway 299 East (exit #680) 35 miles to Big Bend Road (County Road 7M11). On Big Bend Road, drive 17 miles to the town of Big Bend, then 5.5 miles to Iron Canyon. Caution is advised for all drivers once leaving Highway 299E due to intermittent heavy logging truck traffic.
Camping: Deadlun Campground has 30 camping units, with a maximum recommended RV length of 24 feet. There are vault toilets and no piped water. This campground requires no fees and does not accept reservations (first come, first served). Hawkins Landing Campground is a Pacific, Gas and Electric facility. It has 10 sites for tents and trailers. It also has a boat ramp. There is a daily camping fee. For more information, call (916)386-5164. Camping is also permitted outside of developed campgrounds. A campfire permit is required to build a campfire or use any open flame device (gas stove, barbecue, gas lantern).
There are some big trout in the lake, and fishing can be good. Almost all of the shoreline is easily accessible from the road that goes around the lake.
Trolling is popular. Larger boats with deep draft are not recommended due to shallow lake levels, but owners of smaller, low-speed boats find Iron Canyon ideal. Remember, powerboats, rowboats, canoes, sailboats and inflatable boats are allowed. Speedboats and water-skiing are NOT allowed. A launch ramp is available at Hawkins Landing Campground.
Primitive roads and "jeep" trails radiate from Iron Canyon Reservoir. Many are suited only for high clearance and/or 4-wheel drive vehicles, and offer numerous opportunities for challenging extended loop trips. Off road driving is permitted, however, please be alert for local closures and remember to respect the rights of private property owners.
California Department of Fish and Game Fishing Regulations
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