Several of the campsites are located directly on the lake. A boat ramp is located close to the campground. Don't forget your fishing license. Boating is usually done by those fishing by rowboat, canoe or low powered boat as the lake is very small motor boat since speed is controlled to five miles per hour and patrolled by County Sheriff. Skiing is usually done on the larger and warmer West Valley Reservoir located approximately 12 miles to the northwest of Blue Lake.
The Blue Lake National Recreation Trail encompasses the alluring
waters of the 160 acre lake. Enjoy your hike on this easy to moderate
trail, and keep an eye and ear tuned to the wildlife that call this place
The South Warner Wilderness Area is only six miles to the north of this campground, and offers ample opportunities to leave civilization behind. Both Mill Creek Falls Campground/Trailhead and Patterson Campground/Trailhead will provide access into the southern portion of the wilderness.
While a variety of wildlife may be seen around Blue Lake, a key attraction is a pair of nesting bald eagles. Far enough away not to disturb the birds, the boat ramp and fishing dock offer a rare opportunity to observe the nest site. Normally shy and easily disturbed while nesting, this pair has successfully fledged young two years while most of the campground and lake remained open to recreation.
Waterfowl may also be seen around the lake. Beavers maintain a lodge at the south end and can occasionally be viewed from the National Recreation Trail. Mule deer and small mammals are frequently seen in the forest around the lake.
Nearby areas also offer viewing potential and signs at Blue Lake could direct people to them. The South Fork of East Creek lies about 12 miles to the east off of the South Warner Road. Beaver activity is apparent along the stream. A variety of riparian songbirds inhabit the meadow and willow communities. Patterson Mill Meadow is home to riparian songbirds as well. Jess Valley, which visitors pass through between Likely and Blue Lake, is home to waterfowl and shorebirds. Canada geese may be seen along the ponds and ditches of the private ranch. White pelicans are often seen on the reservoirs at the south end of the valley where peat moss was once mined and sold for gardening.
Directions from Likely: Blue Lake Campground is located 16 miles from the small community. From Highway 395, turn east on forest service road 64. This paved, two lane road winds through the juniper and sagebrush filled West Valley. At approximately 10 miles, you will come to a road junction, stay on FS 64 for the remaining 6 miles. You will soon enter a landscape dotted with fir trees and towering ponderosa pines.
June through October
(NOTE: Roads not maintained in Winter-time.)