Highland Springs Recreation Area

HIGHLAND SPRINGS RECREATION AREA (HSRA)

Photo of Highland Springs Reservoir, Lake County, CA

Highland Springs Reservoir

3600 E Highland Springs Road
Lakeport, CA  95453
(707) 263-2341
County of Lake – Watershed Protection District

Highland Springs Recreation Area, managed by the County of Lake Watershed Protection District, offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities close to communities on the Westshore and Big Valley areas: hiking, horseback & carriage riding, and mountain biking on undeveloped singletrack trails and fire roads; disc golfing, paddling, fishing, hunting, picnicking and swimming.

Adjacent to the 2,500-acre property are another ~720 acres owned by the BLM and leased to the County of Lake on the western border. The Highland Springs Trails Volunteers have recovered several miles of historic trails, and organize trailwork days and hikes.

The immediate surroundings of its two reservoirs – Highland Springs and Adobe Reservoir –  are on open range lands or are characterized by scrub and oak woodland. The steeper hillsides, mostly open chaparral, can be quite rugged but offer unfiltered, spectacular vistas of Mt. Konocti and other distant mountains. A riot of wildflowers and native vegetation, some of which are rare plants that thrive only on serpentine soils, carpet the hillsides and meadows in the spring.

Highland Springs Reservoir covers 146 acres of land and is fed by Highland Creek. Catfish, bass, crappie, and bluegill are found in the lake. As only non-motorized boating is allowed there, it is a favorite spot for kayakers and stand up paddleboarders. A large grassy area, picnic facilities, and restrooms are located next to the reservoir. There are horseshoe pits and a basketball court. A disc golf course just off Highland Springs Road is available for public use.