Jenks Lake



Location and Directions:

     Jenks Lake is located in the beautiful San Bernadino mountains, near the city of Redlands. From I-10 at Redlands exit on Orange St. and go North to Lugonia St. Turn Right on Lugonia, it turns into Mentone and then turns into Hwy 38 into the mountains towards Big Bear. When you pass the town of Angelus Oaks, travel approx. 5.5 miles to Jenks Lake Rd - W. Turn Right and travel 2.3 miles. Turn left at the entrance to the lake.

General Info:

    Jenks Lake is a small mountain lake of 10 surface acres. It is open mid March through mid October from sunrise to sunset. There are picnic tables and hiking trails. Parking is $5 per vehicle. (Forest Permit not valid here) There are restrooms but no consessions. Nearest supplies are in Angelus Oaks. There and numerous campgrounds located along Jenks Lake Rd. There is No Smoking allowed anywhere around the lake. Swimming is no longer allowed. Also, this an active bear area. Please use caution and do not disturb the wildlife. For more information, visit the San Gorgonio Wilderness web site or call (909) 794-1123.


Other lakes and rivers in the area:
Green Valley Lake
Big Bear Lake
Arrowbear Lake
Santa Ana River

Boating Info:

    No motor boats are allowed. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks and float-tubes are permitted. There is no launch ramp and you must carry your vessel down a flight of steps.


Fishing Info:

    This lake is stocked with rainbow trout during the Spring and Summer by the DFG. There are also some largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and catfish here. Be sure to visit the CDFW web site for complete regulations before heading out.


Comments and Tips:

    I fished Jenks on Sunday the 19th of July 2010. The place is awsome and not too overcrowded. What we did was use long leaders and even longer casting. The fish were very active and I cuaght 8 or 9. I also lost at least that many. There was a heavy amount of weeds for about 30 feet from the shoreline where we were at. This makes it extremely difficult to get the fish landed. I use 2lb test ond real light weight tackle but at this lake I would probably run at least 4 or even 6 just to keep em out of the weeds. There is also a local Hawk or Falcon (Osprey Maybe)that loves to divebomb fish within a few feet of people and float tubers, very awsome to watch. All in all well worth the time driving up there. Thanks for reading. Adam


    As you walk down the steps from the entrance, you can choose to fish on either the left or right hand side of the lake. The left side (N) has more shade, toilets, picnic tables and even a swim beach. The right side (S) is kind of steep and rugged with not a lot of shade. The left side is more comfortable, but is more popular, especially for the weekend crowd. The right side is more quiet and secluded but you'll have to rough it a little. From what I have seen, the fishing seems to be equally as good from either side.


    If you know something about this area or have some photos that you'd like to share, please E-mail and I'll post it here!

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  • Fallen Timber


    Fishing Pier at Jenks Lake


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