Sly Park Day Use

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Day-use picnic areas are located throughout Sly Park Recreation Area.  Each day use area is marked on the Park Map with a picnic table.  The first large day-use area, known as the Main Day Use Area, is located half a mile from the gatehouse entrance.  All are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Day Use Hours

October through April

Monday – Sunday, 7:30 a.m. until dusk

May through September

Monday – Sunday, 6:30 a.m. until dusk

Please note:  No domestic animals or diapers are allowed in the water or streams of Jenkinson Lake


Rules and Regulations

Day Use Map

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Can I get a yearly pass for my boat?

  • Do I have to pay for my dog if I have an Annual Permit?

  • I got a new windshield! How can I get a new Annual Permit sticker?

  • I am selling my car! How can I get a new Annual Permit sticker?

  • When can I purchase an annual pass for next year?

  • How do I get to the waterfall?

  • Can I bring my own barbecue?

  • Can I have a fire in the day-use area or on the beach?

  • Why can't my dog go in the water?

  • When I come to Sly Park do I have to pay the fee if I am just going to be here for an hour?

  • If I buy an annual permit, where can I use it?

  • If I mail my application, how do I get my permit?

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    Caples Lake Boat Launch and Day Use Area is Open!


  • Sly Park Paddle Rentals - Open for the Season

    Current Adventures - Sly Park Paddle Rentals is open for the season! They offer of a variety of non-motorized rentals: aluminum boats, fishing kayaks, SUPs, and other gear. Reservations can be made online so no need to worry about them selling out before you get there!

    05/31/2019 8:30 AM

  • Increased Trail Patrol at Sly Park Thanks to Partnership Donation

    A huge shout out to our partners at Specialized Bicycles and Clipped in Races for donating two Specialized Stumpjumper Expert bikes. The bikes will help EID's recreation team increase patrols of our growing trail system.

    05/29/2019 4:20 PM

  • Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! A Reminder of Boater and Watercraft Responsiblity

    Prevent the spread of invasive species like quagga and zebra mussels. These creatures cause catastrophic damage to water infrastructure. Be sure to do your part and be responsible while recreating on and in our local waterways by inspecting and cleaning your boat or watercraft.

    05/22/2019 3:45 PM

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    EID Urges Caution Around Streams and Rivers

    EID urges caution when approaching local area streams and rivers. As the weather temperatures raise, snow in higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada are beginning to melt causing higher and more random water flow patterns. The snowmelt also keeps water at dangerously cold temperatures.

    05/07/2019 11:45 AM