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Swimming & Waterplay: California

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Cherry Lake Boat Launch

Elevation: 4,700 Feet (1465.1 Meters)

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General Description

Cherry Lake Boat Launch, located near Cherry Valley Campground in the Groveland Ranger District, offers excellent fishing and boating opportunities on the largest lake in the Forest. Designated swimming area provided.

Campfire permits are not required within developed day use sites;
however, campfires are limited to the grills provided. Campfire permits are
required if you plan to build a campfire or use a camp stove outside a
recreational vehicle away from a developed campground. Permits are free and may be obtained at the Groveland Ranger District.

Directions from Groveland: Head east on Highway 120. After traveling approximately 5 miles, turn left on Cherry Lake Road. Follow Cherry Lake Road 20 miles to Cherry Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-April through Early November .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brian Jason (livermore, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Cherry Lake is an absolutely breath-taking destination. My family has been camping there for years and have seen it grow in popularity. The individual camp sites are nice and large and spread out. Water and toilets are available, other than that there are not many other amenities (ie. store, office, etc). The road leading up to cherry lake is long and windy, it takes about an 1.5 hrs from the sonora, but the journey is worth it. Having your own boat is a must, this allows you to access the far end of the lake with fun cliffs to dive from. I recommend hiking up cherry creek which feeds the lake with water and explore the various pools up in the canyon.
Conditions: Camp sites are nicely shaded by tall, beautiful pine trees. In the summer the weather is generally fair and the surroundings and climate are typically that of the sierras.
Water Availability: Make sure you bring several 5 gallon jugs so you can haul your water from the faucet wich might be roughly 25 to 50 yards from the site.
Recommended Clothing: I almost wore swim trunks the whole time. Some years the nights get pretty cold, expect to wear long pants around the camp fire.
Suggested Accessories: Bring your boat & skis, fishing pole, lots of insect repellent & sun screen. Make sure you bring everything you'll need because the nearest store is an hour and a half drive away. If you have a boat bring extra fuel because you wont enjoy the 3 hour (round trip) drive for more, in case you run out.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Cherry Lake
ICON Boat Launching Cherry Lake Boat Launch
ICON Camping Cherry Valley Campground
ICON Fishing Eastern & German Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Cherry Lake
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Designated Area
ICON Viewing Scenery Groveland Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Groveland Ranger District

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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