Silver Lake (Amador County)
|Primary inflows||Silver Fork American River South Fork American River Watershed|
|Primary outflows||Silver Fork American River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Managing agency||El Dorado Irrigation District|
|Surface area||525 acres (212 ha)|
|Surface elevation||7,200 feet (2,200 m)|
It is located within Amador County. It is about 20 mi (32 km) south of South Lake Tahoe and about 8 miles (13 km) west of Carson Pass. The lake surface is 525 acres (212 ha) at full capacity and is at an elevation of 7,200 feet (2,200 m). It is surrounded by Eldorado National Forest and is part of the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) and their Hydroelectric Project 184 system. Snow and ice are common in this area during winter seasons.
It used to be reachable between 1848 and 1863 by taking Old Emigrant Road, now you can access it off of California Highway 88 or known locally as the "Carson Pass Highway".
In the center of the lake is Treasure Island which is only accessible by boat or swimming.
Silver Lake West Recreation Area/Campground
Silver lake is home to "Silver Lake West Campground"
This is a first-come-first-served campground with 42 campsites. The campground is open from May until October depending on weather conditions. All campsites contain one to two vehicle parking, fire rings with grill, bear-resistant food storage lockers, a picnic table and some can accommodate for small RVs and motor homes. There is no cell coverage at this campground.
Silver Lake is open for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing for a small fee. There are some available for rent at the Kit Carson Lodge which is located at the north end of the lake. The lodge also offers many other individual or group activities such as gold rush tours and horseback riding through the trails.
Silver Lake Hikes
There are many trials located near and around Silver Lake, such as
- Shealor Lake trailhead
- Granite Lake trail
- LakeMargaret trailhead
- Thunder Mountain trailhead
- Meiss Lake trailhead
- Frog Lake trailhead
Wildlife & Fishing
There are many fish that are stocked annually into Silver Lake by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) since 1930. Currently there are Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki henshawi), Brown Trout (Salmo trutta), and Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush).
Silver Lake is open year-round for fishing with a 5 trout daily take limit and a 10 in possession bag limit Local animals are found along the hiking trails, rim of lake, and in the camp ground such as bears, squirrels, a variety of insects, and other small rodents.
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