Spicer Reservoir

Area Status: Open
Spicer Reservoir in foreground; lava flow rock formation in backgroundBoat launch ramp and trees in foreground, lake and mountains in backgroundPicnic table under trees with lake and mountains in background


Spicer Reservoir has a surface area of 2,000 acres when full. Visitors enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Reservations: No reservations
Fees: No fee
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault toilet

General Information


Located nine miles southeast of Highway 4 on Spicer Reservoir Road (7N01), a winding paved route where safe travel speeds average 20-30 mph.

General Notes:

Maximum speed on the lower portion of the lake is 10 mph; the upper portion, surrounded by the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, is managed for non-motorized uses only.

No overnight camping at the boat lot parking.

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

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No. of Sites 43
Reservation Info first-come, first-served

RV Camping

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Group Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Horse Riding

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Boating - Motorized

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Boating - Non-Motorized

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