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Prosser Creek Reservoir

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Distance
5.38 nm
Elevation gain
23 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
23 ft
Max elevation
5,778 ft
TrailRank 
32
Min elevation
5,668 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
4 hours 25 minutes
Coordinates
1290
Uploaded
October 12, 2022
Recorded
September 2022
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near Prosser Lakeview Estates, California (United States)

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The lake is in open country with distant views and several arms that add interest. We shared the lake with ducks, geese and a heron but few paddlers and boats on a warm Saturday. The water was smooth and there was almost no wind and no wakes because motorized boats are limited to 10 MPH. OHV trails, dirt roads and some campgrounds are scattered around the lake. At low water level the lake is a nice size for small kayaks and paddleboards.

The shoreline was mucky except at the rock dam which makes for muddy feet exiting the lake when the water level is below the end of the boat ramp as it was for us.

https://www.visitplacer.com/discover/prosser-creek-reservoir/ claims 11 miles of shore line and in my opinion overstates the density of the surrounding forest. The water level was low enough to significantly shorten our circumnavigation. Next time I’ll go in the spring when there can be wild flowers, snowcapped peaks and a higher water level letting you go further up the creeks. https://www.tahoepublicbeaches.org/beaches/prosser-reservoir/

Getting to the lake is easy, paved all the way to the end of the ramp and most of the trip is on high speed roads. There is paved parking and a bathroom a tenth of a mile from the shore, but you can save some walking and park on the beach below the boat ramp when the water is low. You are allowed to drive on the beach but there were some muddy areas to avoid. There is another launch on the south arm of the lake that was being used at low water level. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=55778

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