Lake Spaulding & High Sierra Lakes

This post was written by jd on April 24, 2009
Posted Under: Entertainment,Hiking,Lakes in nevada county,Recreation
Lake Spaulding

Lake Spaulding

Nevada County has numerous lakes. Most of them are located in the high country between Nevada City and the City of Truckee. Some of these lakes are; Toll house Lake, French Lake, Lake Spaulding, Webber Lake, White Rock Lake and there are more! Many of the lakes were formed by ancient glaciers that are now long gone.

A few of the lakes provide hydroelectric power and is managed by Pacific Gas & Electric. Those owned by P.G.&E are used for hydroelectric power and the company provides camping grounds and picnic facilities. One of these is Lake Spaulding which sits at an elevation of 5,014 feet. It has a surface area of 698 acres surrounded by a high alpine forest. (Google Maps shows Lake Spaulding as Fordyce Creek)

The history of the lake is that it was built for hydraulic mining in 1912. Hydraulic mining generated millions of dollars in tax revenues but was an environmental disaster. Millions of tons of earth and water were delivered to mountain streams that fed rivers flowing into the Sacramento Valley. Once the rivers reached the relatively flat valley, the water slowed, the rivers widened, and the sediment was deposited in the floodplains and river beds causing them to rise, shift to new channels, and overflow their banks, causing major flooding, especially during the spring melt. The end came on January 7, 1884, Judge Lorenzo Sawyer ruled on the matter. – no more dumping of mining debris where it could reach farmlands or navigable rivers.

Lake Spaulding has 25 developed camp sites for tents and RV’s. Boating is allowed, including power, row boats, jet ski, windsurf, canoe, sail, water-ski and inflatable’s. However, check with P.G. & E. before you go up there, since rules and regulations change from time to time. This is also an area for fishing which include brown and rainbow trout. There is also swimming, picnicking, hiking and backpacking.

For reservations and further information, contact P.G.& E. Regional Land Department (916) 386-5164

Let me know if you can add to the above information, use the contact form and I’ll contact you.

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Reader Comments

PG&E does not accept reservations for this and most facilities Call (916)386-5164 for PG&E information line on campsites and recreational areas including the few places they have to make reservations pretty much you leave a message and they call you back but they respond fairly quickly.

Written By Anonymous on July 29th, 2009 @ 4:03 PM

This is one of the most beautiful lakes if you need easy access. There is raely more than a few fishing boats and on the weekends a few power boats, but the granit basin, clean campsites, crystal waters, and fantastic hiking in the area make it one of favorites! No noisy partiers either!

Written By Anonymous on March 2nd, 2011 @ 5:25 PM
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