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INDEPENDENCE LAKE: Open year-round for walk-in day use. No outside watercraft, but float tubes, kayaks and small motor boats are available to the public through the 56.1°F 32°F 87.4°F 53.74'' 9'' NEVADA CITY 2,477 ft Elevation 55.8°F 32.1°F 85.6°F 62.37'' 18'' TRUCKEE 5,817 ft Elevation 43.5°F 16.3°F 82.7°F 38.3'' 204.3'' Nature Conservancy. Go to Nature.org for availability. Home to one of only two wild, self-sustaining lake populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the world BOWMAN LAKE: Bowman Lake lies in a rugged, rocky basin. Motor boats are limited to 10 MPH, so this lake is primarily used by fishermen and paddlers. From Highway 20, take Bowman Road north. Drive about 16 miles to the lake. All but the last 4 miles are paved. Beyond Bowman is Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes. Well worth the extra effort. FORDYCE LAKE: Near the legendary Fordyce Creek Jeep Trail. Considered to be one of the most challenging jeep excursions in the Sierras. Not for the faint of heart. Easier access to lake from Cisco Grove. Several small ponds and Sterling Lake can be accessed just south of the lake. Reservoir. Island Lake AVERAGE ANNUAL PERCIPITATION Rafting TRIBUTARY WHITEWATE R TOURS: Offers quarter, half, whole day and overnight tours; 1-800-672-3846. whitewatertours.com Start Exploring Here A number of local organizations are involved with providing recreational opportunities in the area, as well as protecting our natural resources. SYRCL: South Yuba River Citizens League. Leading voice for protection and restoration of Yuba River and the Greater Yuba Watershed. Programs, volunteer opportunities, film festival, special hikes. Information: syrcl.org, wildandscenicfilmfestival.org GOLD COUNTRY TRAILS COUNCIL: Constructs and maintains multi-use, non- motorized trails that are open to the public. Group organizes trail rides and workdays. Information/Maps: goldcountrytrailscouncil.org SIERRA CLUB: Sierra Club’s Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Summit, a base for recreation. Overnight accommodations. Information: (530) 426-3632. clairtappaanlodge.com ISLAND LAKE: This is a very photogenic lake that is a favorite swimming hole and offers challenging Lake, Rainbow and Brown trout fishing. As one hiker describes it, “You can make this a day trip or backpack in for a day or two.” Start your hike at Carr Lake trail head, follow the well marked trail to Island Lake. Approximate round trip walking time 2.5 – 3.5 hours. The outdoors is an important part of life in Nevada County. There are plenty of opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, camping, hiking, biking, trail running, horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing. LINDSEY LAKES: Scenic reservoir operated by PG&E. Good staging area for taking in nearby Loney Meadows. Recommended for high clearance vehicles only. Some camp- sites and vaulted toilets. GRASS VALLEY 2,411 ft Elevation Weather WANDER FURTHER Locals’ Lake Picks R E C R E A T I O N 86 N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D