Blue Lake Boating Site


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: 04/16/2019: Campgrounds may not be accessible due to wet and muddy conditions. No services, pack-in pack-out.
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

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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.

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