Summertime at Jackson Lake means swimming, fishing, sunbathing, picnicking, and hiking. The drive-up highway 2 is beautiful this time of year. Heading west past Mountains High, a sign reads Jackson Lake and directs drivers in which direction to travel. The drive through the trees and mountains seems magical as the heat declines slightly and the anticipation of the cool water at the Lake draws one closer.
Four types of fish can be found at Jackson Lake. They are Catfish, Blue Gill, Rainbow Trout, and Carp. Youth under 16 can fish without a fishing license. All others legally need a fishing license, which is conveniently available online. The helpful folks at Mountain Hardware in Wrightwood sell tackle and bait. Bait alone can also be found at Wrightwood Market.
Swimming is allowed in the Lake, mainly from the west shore, where there is more of a beach-like shoreline. Here, you will find swimmers swimming or float tubing mixed with sunbathers, all enjoying the mountain views. Although the Lake has many trees around it, making it notably cooler than Phelan and Pinon Hills, one can still find peaceful places in the sun to grab a tan.
Jackson Lake is also a popular spot for pet owners to take their dogs. Often providing impromptu entertainment as they frolic in and splash about in the cool water. Pets must remain on a leash, be collared with current tags.
Jackson Lake is a day-use area with a large parking lot and vault bathrooms. Many days hikers utilize the Lake as a staging point for a day of hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding the Lake.
There are benches, picnic tables, and lots of grassy areas to enjoy a lovely afternoon picnic. Many picnickers bring their lunch, even dinner fixings, while enjoying the fabulous scenery. Jackson lake is open from 6:00 am-10:00 pm. Adventure Pass is required to park. Enjoy the Lake!