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Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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  • Owens River Valley.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • River access 1.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Sporadic Boulders in the valley.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • River access 2.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Fly fishing on the Owens River.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • River access 3.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • One of the Owens River's many meandering turns.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Looking over the Owens River.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Entrance into the Pleasant Valley Resevoir and dam area.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • View from the Pleasant Valley Resevoir dam down the Owens River.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Pleasant Valley Resevoir from the dam.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
  • Owens River.- Upper Owens River and Pleasant Valley Reservoir
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Shaded campgrounds. River and fishing access. Nearby climbing.
Cons: 
Popular campsite. Several different fishing restrictions.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Upper Owens River is one of the most pristine spring-fed streams of the Eastern Sierra, and it is a very popular spot among fly-fishing anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the Owens River, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, and the nearby Happy Boulders Climbing Area. The Happy Boulders are nestled in a small canyon nearby, above the Owens River Valley. This is a world-class volcanic bouldering area with hundreds of routes. Camping is available at nearby Inyo County Pleasant Valley Campground or the BLM Pleasant Valley Pit Campground, which is popular among climbers.

The Owens River is fed from the Pleasant Valley Reservoir, which is dammed for hydroelectric power. Fall fishing for brown trout is excellent, and spring is better for rainbow trout. There are various fishing rules and guidelines here depending on which part of the river you are in and whether you are fishing from the Pleasant Valley Campground property or adjacent properties. Pay attention to the signs, especially around the dam and reservoir, and adhere to the regulations. Enjoy this beautiful valley below the Eastern Sierra.

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