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Old 07-20-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Ojai
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What are some of the warm water lakes in the northern half of the state? (By northern I mean anything above Bakersfield.) The two I am familiar with are Clearlake and Bass Lake.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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What are "warm" water lakes? A lake that doesn't freeze during the winter? warm vs. cold? educate me here.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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Lake Berryessa, Hidden Valley Lake, Pillsbury, Blue Lakes.
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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Wink Various lakes

In no particular order some possibilities are:

New Melones Lake, bisected by CA 49, between Angeles Camp, CA and Sonora, CA.

Comanche Reservoir, near the intersection of CA 88 and CA 12, relatively close to the town of Clements, CA.

Lake Oroville, near the town of Oroville, CA.

Lake Almanor, reached principally by either CA 89 or CA 36, these two having an intersection there. The town of Lake Almanor is adjacent.

I-5 bisects the large Shasta Lake. Redding, CA is fairly close to the south.

CA 299 parallels Whiskeytown Lake. It lies just to the west of Redding, CA.

CA 3 roughly parallels Trinity Lake, this being more remote, and accessed via CA 299. Again, Redding, CA the largest nearby town of any size.

Most of these (lakes), if not all, are more properly reservoirs.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Lake Nacimiento west of 101 near king city is another lake. There's probably a 100 or more lakes north of Bakersfield. Hie thee to an atlas.
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Old 07-23-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Ojai
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Thank you all for your replies.

"CA Central Coast", Bass Lake is an example of a warm water lake, with water temp reaching 80 degrees in the summer.
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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Thank you all for your replies.

"CA Central Coast", Bass Lake is an example of a warm water lake, with water temp reaching 80 degrees in the summer.
Thanks. 80 degrees? I not sure, but the lakes around me which are definetly warm enough to swim in during summer IMO are, Lopez Lake, Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio.
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Old 07-25-2008, 12:09 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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I'm not sure if they would be considered "warm water lakes," but there are lots of them near Modesto, including Modesto Reservoir, Turlock Lake, Tullock Reservoir, Don Pedro Lake, Lake McClure, New Melones Lake, and Woodward Reservoir. Millerton Lake, Eastman Lake, Redinger Lake, and Pine Flat Reservoir (East of Fresno) might also fall into that category. You might also try Lake Berryesa, Lake Almanor, or Black Butte Reservoir further north, or San Luis Reservoir to the west.

Depending on what your interests are, you might also want to consider places like the Sacramento or King's Rivers, and the California Delta.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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In the Summertime, every lake is warm. My favorite lake in the whole world is Whiskeytown lake northwest of Redding. It's about the only lake in California that Los Angeles hasn't drank already. :P
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:45 PM
 
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Lake Tahoe - no place like it. And it's so big and deep that neither LA nor SF can drink it. Not very warm though.

Really, any lake in the central (San Joaquin) valley is going to be much warmer than any lake in the Sierras or along the North Coast. You should but Tom Siensstra's book about CA lakes. It will tell you pretty much everything. And he actually goes to all of the first hand. Tom's my hero. I don't get kickbacks from him though, just in case you're wondering.
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