The lake is open year round, 7 days a week, 6:30 am to sunset. Entrance fee is $5.00 per person, 12 and under are free. A $2 pet pass is required for dogs. Camping is available for $14-$16 a night. They even have cabins available for $45-$80 per night. There is a lake store for tackle and supplies but the prices are steep. The only other stores are 11 miles away in Santa Ysabel. (760) 782-3501. 2,219 surface acres at capacity, 16 miles of shoreline. Elevation: 2,727 feet.
Other lakes and rivers in the area:
Santa Margarita River
There is a free launch ramp and rental boats are available for $10-$30 per day. 10 foot min., 10 mph on private boats.
Rainbow trout were planted here for the first time in the winter of 2003. Lake management plans to continue trout plants during the winter months. This is also a very good Catfish and Crappie lake. The Crappie are usually good sized averaging about a pound! There are also lots of Bass (12" size limit) and Bluegill here. No swimming/skiing is allowed which makes this a nice lake to fish.
Comments and Tips:
LAKE HENSHAW IS LIKE A SECOND HOME TO US...THE WATER IS LOW BUT WE FIGURE IT'S A SMALLER BODY OF WATER WITH THE SAME BIG MONSTER CATFISH. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THE BASS WERE HITTING SHRIMP LAST WEEK. BUT IF YOU ASK AL AND I "WHAT BAIT ARE YOU USING?" WE'LL TELL YOU MARSHMELLOW...(but we're really using shrimp...mums the word) HAPPY FISHING AND CATCHING FELLOW ANGLERS
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