Directions: From Auburn on Highway I-80, go Northeast 2 miles to Auburn-Foresthill
Road, Turn East and go 18 miles to Mosquito Ridge Road at Foresthill. Turn East and go 36 miles
continuing on Road 96 to French Meadows Reservoir. Continue on Road 48, go 10 miles to lake, bearing
left of the campground at Long Canyon Creek.
Hell Hole Reservoir sits at 4,700 feet elevation. It is fed by the Rubicon River and is within a
granite gorge with steep walls. Primarily accessed by small boats, the lake is trolled for the large
Mackinaws and Browns that reside there. There are no Brookies or Rainbows.
For flyfishing purposes, Hell Hole gives you good access to the Rubicon River. The tailwater contains
Rainbows in the 12" class and some Browns. The tailwater is not very enriched as a food source since Hell
Hole is considerably deep. But the tailwater does provide some good fast-action for dry fly fishing.
Above Hell Hole, the Rubicon can be reached by taking the trail off the North Shore of Hell Hole.
A jeep road ends at Greyhorse Creek but you can follow the shorline up to Five Lakes creek. Cross over
the Rubicon at this point and follow the Hell Hole trail along the south side of the river. The river
contains 7-12 inch Rainbows with Goldens in the upper reaches of the Desolation Wilderness.
The tributary streams also offer flyfishing opportunities:
Greyhorse Creek: Contains Rainbows and Brookies.
Five Lakes Creek: Contains Rainbows, Brookies, and Browns.
The SF of Long Canyon Creek: Contains Rainbows.