White Pines Lake is located 1 mile from Arnold at the edge of White Pines across from the Moose Lodge. Besides fishing, the lake features a picnic area and swimming area surrounded by a forest dominated by cedars and pines. The lake is managed as a drinking water supply by the Calaveras County Water District, while the park is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, the White Pines Park Committee.
The lake is open year round and holds 260 acre-feet of water when full. The lake doesn't freeze over during a normal winter. The lake is located on San Antonio Creek, a tributary of the Calaveras River. Big Trees Creek, which flows through the state park, also runs into the lake.
"The park is a great place to bring the family, since you can swim, fish, picnic, kayak or sail there," said Larry Diamond, assistant general manager of the Calaveras County Water District. "I give the park committee tremendous credit for all of the work that they have done maintaining and enhancing the park since the 1970's."