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 As of September 2011, the road leading to Levitt Lake requires actual 4 wheel drive.....not the common type but more of the Jeep style, Independent suspension type.  I recall getting up there in a 2 wheel drive Toyota Pick Up in the 80's but no longer.  Last years heavy snows has caused the roadway to be washed out in several areas.  Good clearance should be the order of the day.  It is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Says David M

    went to Leavitt lake just yester day beautiful lake we caught about 10 fish all rainbows but one brook Says Shawn

I spent many a fishing trip at Leavitt Lake. Once everyone got over altitude sickness the fishing was great.
Water and the sky clear and blue. Walked in one late winter. It was a challange but worth the adventure. The kids never failed to catch limits and we all enjoyed sharing with the few people who ventured up the hill to fish. Even saw a bear or two off and on. I will have to dig out some pictures and post them. Says Beverley Johns

My son & I made it in to this exquisite lake last summer. Made 3 shallow stream crossings with our Ford Expedition. 4 wheel drive
    would be helpful, but may not be neccessary as long as the road is dry. A high road clearance vehicle would be recommended however.

Very beautiful area off of Hwy. 108 just over the Sonora Pass heading east. Watch closely for
 the road/sign. Short afternoon thunderstorms a possibility. Great fishing for mostly brook trout. Tried hiking up to Latopie Lake where golden trout are supposed to reside, but didn't quite make it. We did however make it over to Koenig Lake which is fairly close to Leavitt. Decent camping sites. Bring your own firewood, drinking water, and toilet facilities...this is remote primitive camping via automobile at it's best.

Not a whole lot of forest around
as you're above the timber line just under 10,000'. Saw other campers there during our stay. Took the dogs & cut them loose as they had a good time, too. Plenty of shoreline access everywhere, and a trail that encircles the lake. When we get back up there, hopefully soon, we hope to either try a small boat or float tubes. Boat wise I would stick with a non powered vessel such as a canoe, or lightweight car topper. No launching, by hand only.

Absolutely gorgeous country. Don't forget to pack the camera. Pacific Crest Trail access nearby, so plenty of hiking available. Didn't see any bears or much wildlife to speak of...nice & quiet & pristine. A real getaway from it all.

I haven't yet, but hope to do eventual hikes to surrounding areas. Should have access & prime vistas of the Emigrant Wilderness back country via the PCT on the western edge of the crest.

Call ahead to the Bridgeport Ranger Station to make sure the road in is open. With all the snow we had this past season the latest I heard would be late July at the earliest. About a 3+ mile ride in from Hwy. 108. Take your time, plenty of ruts in the road.

I have pictures if this site would like to accomodate such. My email address for more info: fishsur5l@yahoo.com

Enjoy & happy trails!!


Submitted on 7/11/06.

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