Pyramid Lake is a popular boating and fishing destination located in the Angeles national forest along interstate I-5. The coves in this lake are a peaceful place to paddle and fish in the morning. The winds here can be unpredictable and usually pick up in the afternoon, so plan on being off the water by then.
Quagga mussel inspection is mandatory and applies to both kayaks and paddle boards as well. Make sure to be thorough when you clean your kayaks.
The Los Alamos campground is the closest camping site to Pyramid Lake and an excellent choice if you plan on staying in the area for a few days. If you plan on vising for the day, note that only 200 watercraft are allowed on the lake at any given time so plan on arriving early if you want to get out on the water.
Pyramid Lake is a great fishing location for striped bass, largemouth, crappies, bluegills and trout in the winter. Fish can be found anywhere on the water column, although we suggest fishing deeper water in the winter/summer and shallower water in the fall/spring. Swimbaits, rattlers and trolled rapalas are all great choices here. Drifting fresh anchovies is also very effective if the fish are not biting on artificial baits.
Air temperature in Pyramid Lake ranges from the 50s to mid 60s in the winter and the 80s to high 90s in the summer. The winds can really pick up in the afternoon, so be careful if you are using a kayak or paddle board.
Emigrant Landing Launch (Pyramid Lake)