Olive Lake Campground, a developed campground with 21 tent or trailer sites, 2 tent sites, and 2 group sites is located on the north/northeast side of the lake on this spur. A hiking trail circles the entire lake, a distance of approximately 2.5 miles, and provides access to more secluded portions of the lake. Anglers can fish for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, and kokanee. There are 2 boat docks adjacent to the campground, and a boat ramp. Motorized boats (gas and electric motors) are allowed on the lake. No water skiing is allowed at the lake.
There are opportunities for viewing wildlife such as deer, elk, bear, river otters, and osprey. The area around Olive Lake is rich in history. The dam and gates on the north side of the lake were constructed to support gold mining activities around the town of Granite. Historically, water from the lake flowed through a wooden pipeline to the Fremont Power House, where it was used to produce electricity for mines in the area. Fremont Power House is located approximately 8 miles east of Olive Lake along Forest Road 10.
Map + Directions
From Ukiah, go south 14 miles on Highway 395 to the junction with Forest Road 55 (Texas Bar Road). Turn left onto the 55 road and go 1 mile to the junction of the 55 road and the 10 road. Turn right onto the 10 road and go approximately 26 miles. Turn right onto the 480 spur.