Is Kayaking Allowed in Mammoth?

Imagine being surrounded by towering pines and other natural wonders while under a brilliant blue sun-filled sky as you kayak by yourself or with a buddy or two. This refreshing scenario can be a beautiful reality if you make your way to Mammoth Lakes. You can absolutely have plenty of kayaking fun in the Mammoth area. Below, the mountain sports experts from ASO Mammoth, your top choice for mountain bike, snowboard, and ski rental in Mammoth, go over what to consider and keep in mind as you prepare for a visit here that will include kayaking.

Where to Kayak in Mammoth Lakes

The Mammoth Lakes Basin is the most convenient spot to kayak in the Mammoth area. Lodges are nestled by many of the lakes, and an assortment of other activities, like camping and fishing, can also be enjoyed in the same area. Perched on the northern shore of Lake Mary, Pokonobe Resort and Marina is one of the popular kayak launch spots directly in the basin. Others include:

• Lake Mamie over by Wildyrie Lodge
• Lake George by Woods Lodge
• Over by Tamarack Lodge on the eastern shore of Twin Lakes

A Calmer Kayaking Experience at Horseshoe Lake

Lake George comes highly recommended if you plan to take some pics while kayaking because of the stunning views here. However, it’s equally important to pick a kayaking spot that’s also suitable for your comfort level. Horseshoe Lake is more calm and not excessively stirred up by the wind, so it’s generally recommended for all skill levels. Plus, it’s really tranquil, which is ideal if you’re hoping to slip into relaxation mode as you kayak.

Some Other Mammoth Area Kayak Spots to Consider

One of these is Crowley Lake, a large freshwater lake where you’re welcome to sign up for a guided kayaking tour that starts at the marina here. Another is Grant Lake. Despite the name, it’s actually a large reservoir, but it does have calm waters suitable for kayaking. Incidentally, when not kayaking here, you can always try your hand at fishing. Grant Lake is home to some of the largest rainbow trout in the region. Lastly, if you’re up for a short day trip, about 20 minutes away from the main Mammoth area, you’ll find June Lake, a calm lake that also has a spacious beach you’re free to enjoy when not actually kayaking.

Preparing for Your Mammoth Kayaking Trip

Kayaks can be rented locally, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. Just remember to reserve a rental ahead of time to make sure one is available. Also, dress appropriately for this particular activity. Even during the warmer months of the year, it can be chilly in Mammoth Lakes. Dressing in layers is recommended for this reason. Further prepare for your kayaking trip to Mammoth by bringing:

• A personal flotation device
• A wet or dry suit, since you’re dressing for the water temperature and not the air temperature
• Sunscreen and a reusable water bottle
• Lightweight water-resistant footwear
• A small waterproof bag for any electronic devices you may bring

Use this information to start planning your trip so you’ll have a great time kayaking at Mammoth Lakes. Whether you need last-minute mountain biking gear, top-notch ski repair, or high-quality Mammoth snowboard rentals, ASO Mammoth is your one-stop shop for everything you need to have a great time at Mammoth during every season. Stop by on your way to the lakes or give us a call at 760-965-3444.