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Things to Do at Silver Lake

Whether you enjoy this scenic lake from our sandy swimming beach or from one of our canoes, kayaks or motor boats, the lake is a must on your vacation agenda.  Silver Lake is a fishing paradise with Rainbow, German Brown, and Mackinaw Lake trout. Fish from shore, in a motor boat or fly fish in one of the many nearby streams.

If you're traveling with a group, you can take advantage of our group activities.  Gather around the nightly campfire to meet new friends or get reacquainted with old ones.  Or join in on most Tuesday nights during the season for a wine tasting hosted by one of the many fine wineries from the local area.

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Gold Rush Tours

Looking to have a new style of adventure while visiting Kit Carson Lodge? Well, Gabby’s Gold Rush Tours might be for you. Take a three to four hour trip with Gabby and get an experience that most tourists in the area will never even know existed.

Visit the old trails where the rocks are still worn, or even climb Devil’s Ladder. Who knows what you will experience on this wild ride through the past.

Additionally, Gabby does the free forest service history of Carson Pass walks on Friday and Sunday from 10-11am at the pass.

Click here for more information on Gabby’s Gold Rush Tours

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Horseback Riding

The Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters gives you a true chance to ride through the scenic trails all over Silver Lake.

If you are wanting a different type of family experience while you are on vacation, this might be what you are needing!

Go and truly enjoy the Sierra with Jim and Karen Hagen as you build memories that will surely not be forgotten. Visit their site below:

Click here for more information on Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters.  Advanced reservations are required.

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Boat Rentals

Motor Boats, Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards may be rented by the hour at the lodge front desk between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. 
Pack a lunch then paddle or motor over to Treasure Island to enjoy the stillness and natural beauty of the largest island in the lake. Or perhaps enjoy nature’s landscape by boating around the seven miles of scenic lake shore.

Additionally, Silver Lake is stocked routinely to provide our guests an opportunity to catch Rainbow and native German Brown Trout.

No pets are allowed on our Pontoon boat and paddle boats. Motor boats, Kayaks, and Canoes are ok for pets.

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The Carson Pass area is one of the premier wildflower zones of California and one of the best hiking areas for short spectacular hikes.  There are trails available for all ability levels in the area.  See the front desk for an inexpensive hiking map with all of the local trails with the elevations and distances.

Many of the trails lead to pristine Alpine lakes only accessible by foot and are often strewn with a multitude of wildflowers during the summer season.

Because our base elevations and trail heads are so high in the Carson Pass area, hikes quickly take you up to high lakes in alpine terrain that might require an overnight backpack trip elsewhere.

Wear a swimsuit under your clothes to take a dip in the lake and don't forget your camera!