Caples Lake is located just off Highway 88 In Alpine County. EID Operates the lake as part of our hydroelectric Project 184 system. As part of our license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and in agreement and in cooperation with the Eldorado National Forest we also manage the boat launch, day-use areas, restrooms, and lake access.
This is a high-elevation reservoir (7,800 feet) offers an excellent high alpine getaway. The predominate activity is trout fishing, however, the area offers scenic picnicking areas, a boat ramp and access to trails entering the Mokelumne Wilderness.
Weather permitting, the boat launch and day use facility is open May through October.
The auxiliary dam features a small area for day-use parking and restrooms.
Boat Launch Hours/ Day-Use Fees:
Memorial Day to Labor Day (dependent on weather conditions):
6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Outside of the normal high season (dependent on weather conditions):
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Launch Fee: $10.00
Picnic/General Parking: $5.00
Boat launch host on site 5-days a week
Annual Day-Use Permits (Note: Permits are valid at all three of our recreation lakes; Caples, Silver, and Jenkinson at Sly Park Recreation Area)
Check road and weather conditions before travel.
Weather Underground (Kirkwood)