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Eastern Sierra News for July 19, 2024





Klondike Lake, located 2 miles north of the community of Big Pine, Calif. Popular with powered-watercraft and non-powered boats.

Water skiing and Jet Skis are popular at Klondike Lake

Klondike Lake, which can be seen from US Highway 395, is about 2 miles north of Big Pine, located in an alkalini sink. It is an enhancement and mitigation project by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. While some locals swim there, it is used more for power and non-power boating.

Because of the invasive freshwater quagga mussel, which clogs water system pipes, restrictions apply and special measures are required of anyone wishing to put a boat on the lake.

[Press Release LADWP NEWS 6/29/2020] – From July 3 to September 7 (Labor Day), Klondike Lake will be open for limited public boating use on weekend days only: Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 9 a.m. to sunset. At this time spots are limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Precautions are being taken to guard against invasive mussels, so all motorized watercraft must be inspected before being launched into Klondike Lake. Due to COVID-19, face coverings and social distancing are required. We will take additional measures during boat inspections to protect boat owners and LADWP employees. Boat access to Klondike  is free this summer period  and subject to change for future seasons.

Access for motorized watercraft being transported by car, truck and/or trailer will be allowed for a one-hour period between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the gate entrance in order to accommodate inspections. After watercraft have been inspected and granted access, visitors can enjoy the lake for as long as they want that day, while practicing safe social distancing. Please note, recreational users with smaller, non-motorized watercraft that are not transported with a trailer can access the lake at any time.

We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation during this year’s unique summer recreation season. We ask that everyone obey signage and continue to practice State and local guidance to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

For more information please contact: LADWP Northern District: 760-872-1104


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