Been here many times already and its one of my favorite places for kayaking, Great scenery and the flooded forrest as I call it with its white dead trees gives you that creepy feeling and we've seen alot of wildlife, Im not to sure about the fishing, so far haven't caught anything larger than 6 inches or so, now lets not forget the people that come here are really nice and friendly.
Monksville Resovoir is an excellent place for Kayaking, took my family there and spent 5 hours enjoying this place.
Beautiful scenery, alot of wild life and one of my favorites it the is the flooded forest as I will call it with its many dead trees.
The people best of all are awesome!
we modified this hike to avoid walking the 1.2 miles on the road, so we parked on lake riconda drive and did the white to pick up red, adding just a bit.
but this hike was 11.1 miles according to my fit bit. not the 7 we figured (guide says 6.5).
we are avid, fit hikers and this terrain was tough, doing it in the fall with leave covering made it real taxing. difficult rocks, really put a physical strain on us. lastly the trails are not marked well so we strayed off a few times, even paying attention.
This was a really fun short hike. We only did the hike up to Overlook Rock as we were running out of daylight, but the trail itself was still about 4 miles round-trip without the loop at the back end. If you wanted a longer day you can extend the hike by taking the loop, which I'd estimate is another 5 miles or so. The trailhead is in a bit of a weird spot, but if you follow the marker from AllTrails you'll find the trailhead. The problem with the trailhead is that it's accessed from an unpaved road that you absolutely cannot drive on unless you have 4WD (and even with 4WD it would be challenging). But you can park right near a kind of a sketchy house and then hike about 1/3 of a mile along the 4WD road to the trailhead. Follow the orange blazes all the way to the top of Overlook where you'll get an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding forest, and if it's a warm day I'd highly recommend jumping in the lake on the way up or down. There's a variety of terrain on the way up as you pass through dense forests, over small streams and rivers, on top of clear peaks. AllTrails rated the vertical as around 1400 feet from trailhead to Overlook, but it didn't really seem like that much vertical. I'd estimate it as closer to 900 feet. Challenging but definitely doable and worth the effort
This reservoir, close to our home, is one of my and my wife's favorite places to kayak. It is easy, even if you choose to kayak around the whole reservoir. The wind can make the chop challenging on rare occasions. You will see other kayakers, canoeists and fisherpeople - and even the odd racing scull - but the reservoir is big enough that you don't feel crowded. For an interesting trip when the water height allows, go from the kayak launch site, through the dead trees left from the reservoir's creation, and go a short way up the stream to visit the Longpond Ironworks. This, of course, requires a maneuverable craft, preferably under 10' long - not a seak kayak.