Sierra National Forest

Black Rock Reservoir

Elevation 4,000'

Black Rock Reservoir is a small remote scenic lake located on the North Fork of the Kings River offering un-crowded fishing and camping opportunities.

Bass Lake is one of California's premier boating, swimming and sailing lakes. Located at 3,400 feet in elevation, Bass Lake is nearly five miles long and is surrounded by beautiful pine trees. Boat launching facilities, mooring and rentals are available at several Bass Lake marinas. Free public boat launching facilities are available at the Wishon Boat Launch, located at the south end of the lake. A handicap accessible boat launch is available. There is a fee to use boats and watercraft on Bass Lake. The Madera County Sheriff's Department administers the fees which are based on the horsepower of the boat or watercraft. Registration is located at the Sheriff's tower along the north shore.

At Black Rock Reservoir you will find a small campground which is operated by Pacific Gas and Electric. Ten campsites are available first come-first served, no reservations are accepted. A fee is charged for overnight camping.

Just past the campground you will find access to the lake for fishing. The Reservoir is open year around for fishing. Nearby creeks and streams have seasonal closures. The limit is 5 per day, 10 in possession. State fishing regulations apply. On the north the side of the lake water is discharged from the Hass Powerhouse. Water can be discharged instantly and is extremely dangerous. Please stay out of this area.

There are 10 picnic areas located around the lake for those who choose to visit for the day. A fee is charged at picnic areas. Many picnic areas are handicap accessible.

The nearest services are located 15 miles north of Blackrock Reservoir at Wishon Village near Wishon Lake. Wishon Village has a store, phone, and campground with full RV hookups.

History of Black Rock Lake:
Black Rock Reservoir was built by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) as a part of the Kings River Project that includes a system of lakes, tunnels, steel penstocks and powerhouses that divert water from the Kings River to produce electricity. The Hass Tunnel carries water from Lake Wishon to a penstock where it is diverted to a powerhouse and then into Black Rock Reservoir.


From Pine Flat Reservoir, travel east on Trimmer Springs Road. At the fork in the road (at the Baily Bridge) turn left, cross the King's River and go 3.5 miles to Balch Camp. In Balch Camp, turn left and continue 9.5 miles to Black Rock Ranger Station (station is no longer staffed). Turn right and travel 1.2 miles to the Reservoir.

Black Rock can also be reached from the Lake Wishon area. Take Highway 168 to Shaver Lake. Go east on Dinkey Creek Road 12.5 miles, turn right on McKinley Grove Road (Road 11S40) travel approximately 12.5 miles to Road 11S12, turn right, travel 12 miles, make left at intersection (Road 11S50) at Black Rock Station travel 1.5 miles to campground. The McKinley Grove Road is open May through November.