"In every walk with nature, one received far more than he seeks." - John Muir

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is located on Gold Lake Road one mile south of Graeagle on Hwy 89. Forty-seven signed and maintained trails totally over 30 miles extend out over the area including access to the Pacific Crest Trail. Many trails pass by wildflower-filled meadows, crystal-clear alpine lakes, or ascend to ridge tops with spectacular views of the areas's many lakes, steep canyons and forested ridges. The mountainous terrain with its dry, rocky ledges and wildflower-filled wetlands allows outdoor enthusiasts of all levels an amazing opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada.

Fishing - Streams, Lakes, & Fly-Fishing

Dozens of pristine lakes, many spread out along the base of the Sierra Buttes, along with miles of mountain streams will satisfy anglers of all types. Rainbow trout is the predominant fish but brown and brook trout have been established in many areas and trophy mackinaw can be found at Gold Lake. Lakes are open for fishing year round while streams are seasonal. Contact Fish & Game for a listing of lakes that are stocked, license information, and other regulations.