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Boating At Lake Wilson In Hawaii

By AA-Boats & Boating Staff Writers

Boating Activities

Lake Wilson, also known as Wahiawa Reservoir, is a picturesque freshwater lake located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Situated near the town of Wahiawa, the lake is surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes, making it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

The lake offers a variety of attractions and recreational opportunities, making it a favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Boating is a prevalent activity on Lake Wilson, with visitors enjoying leisurely rides on the tranquil waters. Boat launch ramps are available, providing access for boaters to explore the lake's serene surroundings.

Water sports are also popular on Lake Wilson, with opportunities for activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing. The lake's calm and clear waters make it an ideal spot for beginners and experienced water sports enthusiasts alike.

Nearby cities like Wahiawa offer conveniences and amenities for visitors, including restaurants, shops, and accommodations. Exploring the nearby town provides an opportunity to experience the local culture and cuisine.

Boating season at Lake Wilson generally aligns with the pleasant weather conditions of Hawaii, which is mostly year-round. The warm and sunny climate of the island makes it possible for boaters and water sports enthusiasts to enjoy the lake throughout the year.

Fishing is another favorite pastime at Lake Wilson. The lake is well-stocked with various fish species, including catfish, tilapia, and largemouth bass, providing ample opportunities for anglers to catch some prized fish.

Lake Wilson in Hawaii is a captivating destination offering boating, water sports, fishing, and scenic beauty to visitors. Its location near Wahiawa and other nearby attractions enhances the overall experience, making it an excellent spot for those seeking relaxation and outdoor adventures amidst Hawaii's stunning landscapes.

Boating, camping and fishing.

Use of boats is permitted for fishing only - no water sports or sightseeing at Wahiawa Reservoir, aka Lake Wilson. Hawaii's best freshwater fishery is this 400-acre reservoir in north-central O'ahu, at Wahiawa, HI. About 20 miles of shoreline encompass the north fork and south fork of these fertile fishing waters. Anglers can fish for bass, catfish, bluegill, tilapia and peacock bass in this quality bass fishery. All bass and peacock bass must be released immediately as this is a catch and release only lake for these species. Muddy water in winter (November through March), caused by excessive rain makes for poor fishing. The remaining months are warmer with considerably less rain, making it the better time to fish for bass and peacock bass. There is a boat launch, restrooms and picnic tables at Wahiawā Freshwater State Recreation Area. Kayaks and canoes are a popular way to fish this serene waterway. Shoreline fishing is available at the rec area and several other access points around the lake.

Area Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


No RV parks or campgrounds at the lake or state park.

Wahiawa Reservoir Map


Fish species found in Lake Wilson include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, tilapia and tucunare (peacock bass).

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Bluegill Tilapia

Click here for a HI Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Wahiawā Freshwater State Recreation Area
380 Walker Ave
Wahiawa, HI 96786
808 622-6316

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