The crystal clear alpine lakes throughout the county provide numerous opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, often combined with overnight camping. Popular waters on the west slope include Lake Alpine, Spicer, and Utica an Union Reservoirs. Blue Lakes, Caples Lake, and Silver Lake are popular paddling destinations along the crest.
For those looking for more remote and lengthy getaways, overnight trips amongst these world-class waters are also possible. Alpine County provides the kind of seclusion and solitude not often found at more accessible locations, and some of the most pristine kayaking and canoeing in the country!
We will be hosting our 40th anniversary Death Ride - Tour of the California Alps on Sat. July 17, 2021. The following roads will be closed this day:
Hwy 4 (Ebbetts Pass) from Markleeville to Lake Alpine
Hwy 89 (Monitor Pass) from Markleeville to Hwy 395
Plan your trip accordingly, and enjoy visiting the communities of Markleeville and Lake Alpine/Bear Valley while you wait to proceed to your destination.