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Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Northern California, Pardee Lake is among one of the most beautiful settings the Mother Lode landscape has to offer and is an easy drive from valley and bay area locations. The perfect outing for that day or weekend of picnicking, camping, or just fun relaxing time for the entire family.


The entire Pardee Lake Recreation Area is noted for its cleanliness and top notch maintenance, as well as, our ongoing improvements. First time visitors nearly always comment on this aspect of our operation. Pardee Lake management and our experienced staff strive to provide visitors with "quality outdoor recreation". Pardee Reservoir Recreation Area first opened to the public in 1958 and is open daily from Friday President's Day Weekend in February through the first Sunday in November each season. ** PLEASE NOTE...Because of construction delays, the opening date has not been determined yet. We will have an update as soon as we know anything.

When Pardee first opened, a state law was enacted prohibiting body-water contact. Hence, your fishing or boating experience will not be disturbed by water skiers, jet skis, or lake swimmers. Fishing, boating, camping, picnicking and enjoying the swimming pools are the primary recreational activities.  Come see for yourself and join in on the fun. Pardee Lake  offers a wide range of recreational opportunities on both land and water.

The many amenities that Pardee Lake Recreation offers includes:  Fishing, Boating, Camping, Hiking & picnicking, Boat rentals, ten lane boat launch ramp, new state of the art fish cleaning station, Developed overnight Camping, 2 swimming pools, RV sites with full hook-ups, Laundry & hot showers, WiFi, Flush restrooms, Coffee shop, Store, Gas station, Full service marina and Wildlife galore! 

Plants of 1½ to 5 pound Rainbow Trout have produced an excellent cold water fishery. Kokanee Salmon, small and large mouth Bass, Catfish, and various species of sunfish are also found in abundance.

Wildlife abounds within the boundaries of Pardee Lake. Deer, wild Turkey, geese and other migratory birds, squirrels, rabbits, and quail are just a few that hikers, picnickers, and campers will enjoy.

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) determines recreation fees and establishes rules and regulations. The recreation facilities are operated by Pardee Lake Recreation, Inc., a concessionaire under long term contract with EBMUD.




We are officially closed for the 2015 season.

We want to thank everyone again for their patience with us in having to close early. Watch our page for updates and hopefully pictures of the remodeling and renovating that we will be doing. We are very excited to get this project, which has been in the works for almost 10 years, started. As we said before, we look forward to bringing you bigger and better things next season.

Mandatory Boat Inspections Still In Affect
Due to the growing presence of the invasive Zebra and Quagga mussel in California, we will be conducting mandatory boat inspections and interviews prior to entry. Please click here for more information, tips, and a list of prohibited counties.

Come Relax and Enjoy!

Business Office Hours
Tuesday through Friday
9am to 3pm
Saturday by Appointment

Reservations are taken by phone
call only
, no on-line reservations.

Big Changes Coming
in 2015 !
The RV park remodel will begin in July of 2015. That means the park will be closing for the season on July 10, 2015.  Watch for more updates.
Coming Events

For more info, visit our Coming Events Page

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Quick Links
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» State Smallmouth
Record Holder
» Quagga Mussel Information
Gate Hours

February - July 10th
5:00 am to 10 pm

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(*) Our WiFi is NOT free...WiFi is provided by the Volcano Communications Group for a small fee.



Pardee Lake Recreation
4900 Stony Creek Road, Ione, CA 95640-9439
office: 209-772-1472  |  fax: 209-772-0985
Owners: Richard & Kerry Cooper
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