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Morning Star Lake is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at off Forest Hill Road, Forest Hill, CA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 1 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 36-40ft/11-12m. The average visibility is 16-20ft/5-6m.

Small, privately owned lake in vibrant, young forested landscape. As it is not drawn down for other water uses, the lake maintains its level better than most reservoirs. It has easy access and gentle shores.

Details: Small, elevation 4050’. See North Fork American River Map.

To Morning Star Lake (aka Big Reservoir)
From Foresthill follow the Foresthill Divide Road east for 7 miles, then turn left (north) on Sugar Pine Road #10. Follow signs and turn right (north) on Road # 24. Continue to signed intersection, then turn right (east) on Big Reservoir access road # 24-21.

Morning Star Lake Campground: 100 individual and 2-group campsites. No hookups, but fire rings, BBQs, and hot showers included with the camping fee. Small store. Swimming beach.

Privately operated, not stocked by California Department Fish & Game, but rainbows regularly stocked by operator. CA fishing license not required, but purchase permit at campground office. Rainbows, black bass, and catfish. Day-use fees.

This is a Great Lake to camp at while diving at Sugar Pine Reservoir or stay and dive here. There is an abundance of large trout and bass. A nice stumpyard graveyard thats a little spooky in its own way but a great place to see lots of big fish. All in all its a small lake with a warm body of water and a relaxing place to spend the night.

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Canthon - 4/08/2013 5:57 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/21/2012. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Lots of Big Fish to be seen in the Lake. Wow was this fun. The stump yard was glowing and more aquatic life in abundance.
Canthon - 4/06/2013 5:00 PM
Rating Added: 3
I went scuba diving here on 6/23/2012. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Fun night dive in the stumpyard. Many big fish coming out of the darkness to see the lights and eat the little fish. really kind of weird when you compete with bigger fish to see little ones in fresh water.