- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Alpine, California
Three dozen campgrounds, plus thousands of acres of dispersed camping, makes Alpine County a favorite with campers. A range of facilities are available, from primitive sites along a rushing stream, to lakeside campgrounds with swimming, fishing and boating.
Developed facilities are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alpine County and California State Parks, as well as by private owners.
With elevations ranging from 5000 to 8000 feet, campgrounds are clustered around Lake Alpine on the west, and at Caples Lake, Hope Valley and Markleeville on the east.
Undeveloped, or dispersed, sites are found in a variety of locations around Alpine County. Popular spots include Centerville Flats, Wolf Creek Meadows, Pacific Valley and a variety of locations in Hope, Faith & Charity Valleys.
With more than 60 lakes and streams, Alpine County is a fisherman’s delight. On the east slope, the East and West Forks of the Carson River offer miles of angling, while the Mokelumne River dominates the west slope. In between, dozens of creeks and streams offer catchable and trophy sized Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout.
For lake fishing, Indian Creek Reservoir and Caples Lake produce large Mackinaw and Rainbows, while Lake Alpine, Union & Utica Reservoirs and Spicer meadow Reservoir are popular in the Bear Valley area. Many smaller alpine lakes in the County offer great angling for Golden, Brookies and Rainbows.
The Alpine County Fish and Game Commission along with the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce plant fish throughout the counties rivers, streams and lakes throughout the fishing season (last weekend in April thru November 15th
Two fisheries of special note attract catch & release anglers. The privately owned and operated Pleasant Valley Fishing Preserve offers championship fishing in a secluded setting, while Heenan Lake, California’s only source of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, offers outstanding catch & release angling in the Fall.