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Pardee is the main water supply for the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) drinking water. Pardee Reservoir is great for fishing, boating and camping. Kokanee salmon, large- and smallmouth bass and catfish share the waters with trophy-size trout. Little-visited coves invite you to drop your line, or just sit back and savor the views.

Pardee is open from the first Friday in February through the last Sunday in October. It the rest of the year for the migratory bird season as part of EBMUD’s wildlife enhancement program. Concession-operated facilities include a full service marina, launch ramp, coffee shop and store, swimming pools, campgrounds, full hook-up RV sites, hiking trails, fishing dock, horseshoe and bocce ball courts, flush restrooms and showers.

Pardee has first-come, first-served campgrounds, with 100 sites as well as reservable campsites. Shower facilities and two swimming pools are available. Day-use areas have picnic tables, barbecues, a restaurant and store. Reservable RV sites include full hookups.

*Swimming and other activites that put a person in direct contact with the lake are prohibited

Pardee lies 12 miles southwest of Jackson and can be reached via Highway 88 or Highway 12.. The daily entry fee is $7.50 and the daily fishing access permit is $3.50.



The Recreation area at Pardee Lake has 141 campsites located within two separate campgrounds. Lakeview and the more secluded Oaks Campground. Campsites offer plenty of shade, a picnic table, fire ring, and running water is close to or right next to a site. Hot showers, flush restrooms and laundry facilities are located near the main parking lot in the Recreation Area.

Camp sites can be reserved in advance or pay your fees upon entering the main gate and choose any available site. There is a two week maximum stay in the campsites. A maximum of 8 people and two vehicles are permitted per site. For more information call (209) 772-1472 or visit Pardee Lake Recreation.


Fishing Trails

Pardee Lake is located on the Mokelumne River. Most of the anglers that visit Lake Pardee fish for Rainbow Trout, both from shore and from boats. Rainbow Trout are stocked here regularly through a unique program with the Department of Fish and Game. Pardee was the first to use Fishing Access Permit funds to stock the lake starting in 1975 and many others use this system now.

Shorelines offer a full range of fishing places which include points, rock outcroppings, slides, and drop offs. The 300 foot depth of the water supports a great year-round fishery. The ten lane boat launch ramp is phenomenal for easy launching and exiting. A state of the art fish cleaning station is available as well as boat rentals.

For more information, please call (209) 772-1472 or call the Marina at (209) 772-8108 Or visit their web site Lake Pardee Recreation

Lake Pardee Fish: Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Kokanee Salmon, Brown Trout, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill

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