Water Sports

Calaveras County Water Recreation and Sports

If there’s one thing that’s abundant in Calaveras, it’s water. Whether your dream vacation consists of relaxing on a luxurious houseboat, quiet early morning fly fishing, extreme waterskiing and wakeboarding, kayaking on glassy alpine lakes, Class IV whitewater rafting, bass fishing, or canoeing to your high country campsite, you can realize that dream in Calaveras. Nine public lakes with over 300 miles of shoreline (including New Melones Lake, the fourth largest in California), bordered by the Mokelumne and mighty Stanislaus Rivers, and in between – thousands of rivers, streams and tributaries – well, you get the picture! It’s wet – it’s wild – it’s mild.

CCR Insider: No need to BYOB (bring your own boat). Rentals abound here – kayaks, canoes, ski boats, houseboats, skis, boards, flotation devices and more.  See our friends at Sierra Nevada Adventure Company for “inside insider” tips.

“Stanislaus River”, credit:  Kent Clemenco

“High Country Kayaking” & “Utica Reservoir”, credit: Mark Silverstone

“The Stan”, credit: Dustin Shinn