Blue Lake Boating Site

Area Status: Open
Forest Visitors enjoy the boat dock at Blue Lake

Blue Lake, located near the South Warner Wilderness, is a favorite for local anglers and is stocked by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  A boat dock is available in summer only.   There is a campground, trails and ample, paved parking for boat trailers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/7/2022: Reduced Services during winter. No toilet cleaning or trash collection provided until spring 2023.
Fees: No fee for boat launch.
Open Season: Facilities open as weather permits; usually early June to late October.
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: July and August
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog.  Do not clean fish in the lake, at the water faucets or in restrooms.  Dispose of all fish guts in the garbage cans provided.
Closest Towns: Likely, 11 miles, Alturas, 29 miles.
Water: Drinking water is available at the campground.
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Warner Mountain Ranger District - 530-279-6116

General Information


From Alturas go south on US Hwy 395 to Likely, CA. Turn east on County Road 64 (aka Jess Valley Rd) and go 3.2 miles to Blue Lake Road. Turn right on Blue Lake Road and follow the signs approximately 7.5 more miles to the boat ramp.


There is ample, paved parking for boat trailers.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing at Blue Lake is available from shore or by boat. The lake is stocked by the California Dept of Fish and Wildlife. All anglers over the age of 16 must have a current CA Fishing License in possession. A wheelchair accessible fishing platform is available.

Fish Species Trout
Special Designations There is no fish cleaning station. Please clean fish away from the lake, water faucets and restrooms and dispose of all fish guts in trash containers.
Fishing Mode Fishing is from the bank, in boats or by wading.


There are picnic tables near the boat ramp.  Day use is not permitted in the campground.

Boating - Motorized

Small motorized boats may be launched from the paved Blue Lake boat ramp located at the opposite end of the lake from the campground. A boat dock is available in summer. There is no marina or boat mooring.

Fees: No fee for boat launch.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Blue Lake is a great place for canoes, kayaks, row boats and small car top boats. There is a paved launch ramp for trailers and ample parking. In summer there is a dock at the launch ramp.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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