Map of Grves Lake
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Lake was constructed in 1969 specifically for recreational use and lies in a
beautiful, narrow canyon above the town of Kingston. It is only one of very few fishing waters in
the area and is a favorite with local anglers.
The reservoir has been plagued with leaks and the dam had been sealed in
2000. Unfortunately, it continues to
leak, not allowing the water level to reach full capacity..
full, the lake covers 16 surface acres, stores 184 acre-feet of water, and has
a maximum depth of 22 feet. There is a
put-and-take fishery for rainbow trout, which average between 8 to 10 inches
when stocked. It also supports a fair
amount of brown trout that inhabit and naturally reproduce in Kingston Creek upstream
of the reservoir. Brown trout are
typically aggressive feeders and using small spinners or flies increases your
chance of catching one. The creek below
of the reservoir is also a great place to fish for small browns. The normal selection of nightcrawlers, Power
Bait, spinners, and flies will catch both browns and rainbows. The Forest Service has a campground along
Kingston Creek downstream of Groves Lake and the nearest services can be found
in Kingston, a small town three miles below the reservoir.
Only vessels without motors and vessels which are powered by electric motors are permitted on Groves Lake.
Travel US Route 50 to State Route 376, continue for 16 miles traveling south until turning west at the Kingston Road junction. A Forest Service road runs the 5 miles along the creek through Kingston to the lake. The roads are usually open to travel by late April or early May.