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Sugar Pine Reservoir is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at Located off Forest Hill Blvd, Forest Hill, CA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 1 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 111-120ft/34-37m. The average visibility is 21-25ft/6-8m.

Recreation at Sugar Pine Reservoir is managed by Tahoe National Forest under an agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation. Sugar Pine Reservoir was created by Sugar Pine Dam across Shirttail Creek. The dam is a feature of the Central Valley project, American River Division, Folsom Auburn Unit. The reservoir offers four main recreation areas around the lake. The complex, which opened in May 1985, contains two campgrounds, boat ramp, hiking trails, picnic area, swimming beach, and a trailer dump station. The facilities are operated under a concession agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and the L&L Inc. Most facilities have been designed to accommodate wheelchairs. Some facilities are available on a reservation basis only. Fishing for warm and cold water species is good. There is a boating speed limit on the lake of ten miles per hour.

The bottom is extremely silty so stay off if you want to see anything. This is one of those altitude lakes that makes you come back. Its a great place to practice skills and see a variety of Trout and Bass. Many times we surface with a fishing pole or three? - the north side has some interesting structure to see, yet the boat ramp is where the majority of everything happens. If using the boat ramp, do be courteous of others using it.

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Canthon - 4/08/2013 6:01 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/23/2012. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Day two complete! Finished with success. Everyone gets to go home today to do it again.
Canthon - 4/08/2013 5:59 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/22/2012. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.

We had a huge openwater class of 18 with 4 dive masters and 2 candidates. OH MY Im glad the ramp is clean.
Canthon - 4/08/2013 5:56 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/21/2012. Average viz: Under 5ft/2m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
I got suckered into clearing the Ramp. Who would have believed a scooter could do it.
Canthon - 4/08/2013 4:39 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/29/2012. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Finally a day to just play. Bill and I headed out down the ramp and the line. Checked on the bouys and went to the end of the ramp then surfaced. Swam across the lake on the surface then to the north shore. Lots of little shoals along the shoreline where we encountered a surprised otter. Lots of fishing is done on this side of the lake. We found three fishing poles a ton of lures. dove the shoreline at 20 feet until the campground and surfaced when finding lawn furniture at 20 feet. swam the surface to the southshore only to avoid some idoits doing donuts and pulling tubes. Its a 5MPH lake! got to the south shore and dropped down to 35 feet and found another fishing pole. Cruised west toward the ramp to be caught by the line of a hore fisherman. Boy was I a bigger fish than he wanted to spool. Found a couple trout that were not only hooked but caught and wrapped on a tree. Freed them and went on to finish the dive. they swan to live another day.
Canthon - 4/06/2013 4:44 PM
Rating Added: 3
I went scuba diving here on 6/29/2012. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Canthon - 4/06/2013 4:42 PM
Rating Added: 3
I went scuba diving here on 6/23/2012. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
We chose to use this lake as a facility to polish skills. The first dive went to hell when we hit the bottom for the first time. Poof! there is ridiculous silt. It comes up like a volcanic explosion and stays in the water for a long time. Great place to practice neutral boyancy.