Moon California Recreational Lakes & Rivers

The Complete Guide to Boating, Fishing, and Water Sports

Fourth Edition, May 2008
Pages: 560

Price: $21.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598800180

Acclaimed outdoors author Tom Stienstra knows where to find the best of California’s lakes and rivers, from the wild and pristine Smith River in the Redwood Empire to the clear waters of Big Bear Lake, only two hours from Los Angeles. Moon California Recreational Lakes & Rivers leads outdoor enthusiasts to the best spots for boating, fishing, and water sports in the Golden State. The fourth edition of this definitive guidebook includes detailed descriptions of nearly 400 lakes and rivers, as well as many top-10 lists, such as the Top 10 Places for Water-Skiing.

Complete with detailed regional maps as well as directions and ratings for each location, Moon California Recreational Lakes & Rivers provides readers with first-rate expert advice and all the necessary tools to head outdoors.

What’s inside Moon California Recreational Lakes and Rivers

Enjoy the very best of California Recreational Lakes and Rivers with these itineraries:
  • Prettiest Lakes
  • Best Boat-In Camping
  • Best Fishing
  • Best Family Destinations
  • Best Houseboating
  • Best Rafting
  • Best Waterskiing
Discover the best recreational lakes and rivers in:
  • Redwood Empire
  • Shasta and Trinity
  • Lassen and Modoc
  • Mendocino and Wine Country
  • Sacramento and Gold Country
  • Tahoe and the Northern Sierra
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Monterey and Big Sur
  • San Joaquin Valley
  • Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon
  • Santa Barbara and Vicinity
  • Los Angeles and Vicinity
  • San Diego and Vicinity
  • Death Valley and the Southern Deserts

For over 30 years, Tom Stienstra‘s full-time job has been to capture and communicate the outdoor experience. He has hiked 25,000 miles, caught world-record fish, led dozens of expeditions, and is a certified pilot.

Tom is the nation’s top-selling author of outdoors guidebooks. He is the outdoor writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and broadcasts a weekly radio show, Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors Reports, on KCBS-San Francisco. Tom has been inducted into of the California Outdoors Hall of Fame, been named California Outdoor Writer of the Year five times, and received the President’s Choice Award (Newspaper/Website) from the Outdoor Writers Association of America three times.

You can contact Tom directly via the website His guidebooks include:

Moon California Camping
Moon California Hiking
(with Ann Marie Brown)
Moon California Fishing
Moon California Recreational Lakes & Rivers
Moon Northern California Cabins & Cottages
Moon Northern California Camping
Moon Northern California Hiking
(with Ann Marie Brown)
Moon Oregon Camping
Moon Pacific Northwest Camping
Moon Washington Camping
Moon West Coast RV Camping
California Wildlife
Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation