Sugar Pine and Big Reservoirs (also known as Morning Star Lake)

Fishing: Rainbow and Brown Trout, Black Bass, Bluegill and Perch; Fishing by Permit at Big Reservoir.

Stumble upon these reservoirs while driving through the hills and observe the beauty of the area. The lakes are perfect for flat water kayaking or fishing! At Sugar Pine, enjoy the 4 mile hiking trail around the lake or sit down and have a picnic. Sunbathe on the beach and later take your OHV up to the many nearby staging areas. Enjoy the activities even longer by camping on either reservoir – pitch a tent or bring your RV!

  • Address Big Reservoir is operated by Morning Star Lake Resort at Big Reservoir, P O Box 119, Foresthill, CA 95631
  • Phone 530-367-2129
  • Website Big Reservoir Campground
  • Best Feature The 3.5-mile Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail circles Sugar Pine Reservoir and can be accessed from Sugar Pine Dam, Sugar Pine Boat Ramp parking area, or Manzanita Day Use Area
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Hiking Trails

Sugar Pine Reservoir is located off Interstate 80 east of Auburn and Foresthill.

Big Reservoir is located 13 miles northwest of Foresthill off Foresthill Divide Road.


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