Paddleboarding & Kayaking the Mammoth Lakes Basin

Mammoth Lakes Basin in California

Paddleboarding and kayaking are a unique way to explore the Basin beyond conventional trails. From the water, you’ll experience the beauty of the coves, the smell of pines trees, and you’ll get up close and personal with fish, birds, and possibly bears!. The 10,000-foot rock mass known as Crystal Crag is a sight to behold while paddleboarding and kayaking on Lake George and Crystal Lake. Whether you are seeking to fish or simply glide along the waters while enjoying the majestic natural scenery, Mammoth Lakes Basin offers something for everyone.

Preparing for Your Water Adventure

Kayaking at the Mammoth Lakes Basin is quite the experience. You want to make sure that you are thoroughly prepared to enjoy yourself to the fullest.  Renting a kayak, especially if you are visiting the Basin during the busy summer season, it is best to call ahead to ensure availability of kayaking equipment. Likewise, there is usually limited parking at many of the marinas. Thus, it would be best to take the town trolley to the Lakes Basin for your adventure.

No matter which season you choose to visit the Mammoth Lakes Basin, it is important to prepare for your time out on the water. Any time of the year, the water is usually pretty cool. It’s best to dress appropriately to prepare for cooler water temperatures, especially since it is likely that you will get wet. It is also a good idea to adequately protect your electronics by placing them in waterproof bags to prevent damage. Most importantly, wear plenty of sunscreen and brings plenty of water.