A quick look at Lake Clementine

(Last Updated On: March 6, 2015)

The lake flows over the North Fork Dam; which was built in 1939 by the Army Corps of Engineers with the purpose of containing mining debris that traveled down river.

The lake is only accessible by boat unless you make the 2.5 mile hike up the Lake Clementine Trail. However, the beaches are only accessible by boat, kayak or canoe.

At 3.5 miles long, this reservoir does pack a lot of beauty, peace and adventure. In addition to hiking and boating, there are camping sites that can only be reached by boat and some incredible fishing depending on the season.

Lake Clementine and North Fork Dam
Lake Clementine and North Fork Dam


Since the lake is only accessible by boat, you have to hike from Old Foresthill Road which is roughly 2.5 miles away, near the Confluence. The hike can be strenuous for younger children and older adults. However, in the Spring, it is a beautiful hike.

Check out my experience hiking the Lake Clementine Trail.

Beautiful reflection off Lake Clementine
Beautiful reflection off Lake Clementine


  • 8 people per camp site
  • Can only camp for up to 7 days
  • No dogs allowed
  • Limited parking
  • Fees are:
  • $38/night
  • $10/day for each vehicle
  • $10 fee for motorized boat launch


Lower Lake Clementine
Lower Lake Clementine



  • Take I-80 to Auburn and exit at Foresthill Road
  • Drive 2.5 miles before turning left on Lake Clementine Road
  • Stay on Lake Clementine Road for 2 miles until you reach the boat dock

Operating Hours

  • Summer Season (April 15 – Sep 15) is open from 7am to 9pm
  • Winter Season (Sep 15 – April 15) is open from 7am to 7pm

For more information contact 530-885-4527 or visit the park and rec website

Check out more of my Auburn State Recreation Area adventures.


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