View of Kelly Lake from the West side. Notice the fence.


Kelly Lake is just north of the city limits of Watsonville. In 2000 a survey showed that most of the lake is between 5 and 6 meters deep (about 15-18 feet). The elevation is 52 feet above sea level. The lake is known for boating and fishing. Fish include small mouth bass. The lake area is about 260,000 square meters (about one-tenth of a square mile).


Kelly Lake is surrounded by private property. A private school, homes, and a rod and gun club.


Named for Edward Kelly who owned land attached to the lake. Edward Kelly came to the area about 1865. It has also appeared as White Lake on older maps. (Named for another property owner.)

On January 2, 2009, a UFO was reported above Kelly Lake and appears on Most agree the image appears to be the planet Venus photographed with a shaky camera. When Venus is visible, it twinkles and causes a color shift.


There is no public transportation directly to Kelly Lake. It has no public access.


This survey of Kelly Lake shows the average depth areas.


Latitude(DMS) Longitude(DMS) Map Name
36.939ºN 121.736ºW Watsonville East

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