July 28, 2014

Pictures: Three Large Fishing Lakes at Fishermans Retreat RV Park Redlands California

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Fisherman's Retreat

Water lilies provide a habitat and some protection for the fish.

Fisherman’s Retreat, a Halo Resorts park at 32300 San Timoteo Canyon Road Redlands, CA 92373 USA 909-795-0171, has three large fishing lakes. They are stocked with trout in the winter and catfish in the summer, which you can keep along with the native Bluegill and Crappie. The native bass are “catch and release” only. You do not need a fishing license, as this is private property owned by Halo Resorts. However, they charge members and park guests $6 per day to catch and keep five fish. They charge the public $15 per day.

All the banks are large and flat enough to accommodate lawn chairs.

Fishing is allowed 24-hours a day, and the park security guard says quite a few fisherman are out all night long, every night in the summer months. The park has a bait and tackle shop. Two of the lakes are for everyone, and the northern-most lake is only for members of the park. A lifetime family membership costs about $2000 and includes both Fisherman’s Retreat in Redlands, California and Oak Glen Retreat in Yucaipa, California–according to Cindy Royal, who was nice enough to give my family a sample stay.

Water lilies and lily pads add beauty to this setting.

The lakes are man-made, but more than 100 years old, according to a security guard at the park and documentation in the book, “Images of America, San Timoteo Canyon,” by Kenneth M. Holtzclaw and Peggy Christian, 2007, Arcadia Publishing. The 300 acre parcel of land was originally settled by Dr. St. Claire in 1855 and developed by Silas Cox in the 1880s.

Much of the lakeside area is reachable by car.

A wide road runs all the way around all three lakes. Driving is allowed around the outside perimeter only, but it is possible to access the far side of the lakes by car, so you can carry your cooler, lawn chairs, and large tackle box. There is foot access between the three lakes because of large dikes, but driving is not allowed on them.

The pipes which create the lake are visible near the fish cleaning house.

Ducks swim in the lake, but thick water lilies provide a habitat with some protection for the fish. There is a fish cleaning house with a large sink and running water. It is decorated with a Tiki theme. There are several campsites near the lake, and all campsites have RV hookups.

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