Sierra National Forest

Lakes in Sierra Nat'l Forest

Bass Lake

Elevation 3,400' Announcement: Beginning in 2009, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will begin a seismic retrofit project to strengthen the Crane Valley Dam at Bass Lake. The project will require that lake levels be lowered ten feet from normal summer operations. The project is expected to be completed in ...

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Black Rock Reservoir

Elevation 4,000' Setting: 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. Boating: 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 ...

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Courtright Reservoir

Elevation 8,200' Setting: Courtright Reservoir is located in one of the most superb geological areas of California. Bare granite domes rise from the shores of Courthright Reservoir and above the deep canyon cut by Helms Creek located at the north end of the lake. Ice Age glaciers sculpted the mountain ...

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Edison Lake/Florence Lake Area

A number of developed and dispersed camping areas dot this beautiful high country region, which is surrounded by the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas. To get there take Hwy 168 east from Clovis to Huntington Lake. At Huntington Lake take the Kaiser Pass Road east to Florence ...

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Florence Lake

Elevation 7,200' Setting: This beautiful high sierra lake provides wonderful opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, fishing and horseback riding. Florence Lake also serves as a starting point for wilderness hikers traveling to the John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. Boating: Free public boat launching facilities are located at ...

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Huntington Lake

Elevation 7,000' Setting: Huntington Lake is a popular summer and winter recreation area. This beautiful high sierra lake provides wonderful opportunities for camping, hiking, picnicking, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, and scenic driving. Boating & Sailing: Huntington Lake is one of California's premier sailing lakes. Nearly five miles long, this lake ...

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Lake Thomas A. Edison

Elevation: 7,300' Setting: Edison Lake serves as a popular backcountry destination that offers camping, boating, hiking and fishing. Boating: Free public boat launching facilities are located at Edison Lake. Sailing is not recommended due to inconsistent winds. Canoeing and kayaking are best done close to shorelines. There is a 15 mile per ...

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Mammoth Pool Reservoir

Elevation 3,300' Setting: Mammoth Pool Reservoir is located on the San Joaquin River. The mountains that surround the reservoir form a steep narrow valley. The lake is five miles long, 1/2 mile wide and is open to camping, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking from mid-June until winter snow closes the ...

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Pine Flat Reservoir

Elevation 2,000' Setting: Pine Flat Lake provides recreation opportunities for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The lake is located in the oak covered foothills above the San Joaquin Valley. Boating: There are two commercial marinas on the lake located at the Deer Creek and Trimmer recreation areas. These offer boat and ...

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Portal Forebay

Elevation 7,200' Setting: Portal Forebay is a small 20 acre lake that was completed in 1956 as a part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project which produces electricity for Southern California. The lake is located midway between Florence and Huntington Lakes at an elevation of 7,180 feet. The lake serves ...

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Redinger Lake

Elevation 1,000' Setting: Redinger Lake is located on the San Joaquin River. It is surrounded by oak and shrub covered foothills. Boating: A public boat launching ramp is available. Water skiing and jet skis are popular at this foothill lake. Canoe and kayakers will find miles of shoreline to explore. Camping: Camping is restricted ...

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Shaver Lake

Elevation 5,500' Setting: Shaver Lake is a popular recreational lake surrounded by thick pine forests. Operated by Southern California Edison it provides opportunities for boating camping, hiking, fishing, sightseeing. Boating: A public boat launching ramp is maintained by Fresno County at the north end of the lake. Camp Edison also has boat ...

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Ward Lake

Elevation 7,400' Setting: This picturesque high sierra lake is just three acres in size and provides visitors with a quaint place to camp, fish and hike. Ward Lake is accessible late May through November via the Kaiser Pass Road. Camping & Picnicking: Ward Lake has a small campground adjacent to its shore ...

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Wishon Reservoir

Elevation 6,600' Setting: This picturesque high sierra lake offers un-crowded opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and horseback riding. Camping: At Wishon Reservoir you will find Lily Pad Campground which is operated by Pacific Gas and Electric. 15 campsites are available first come-first served, no reservations are accepted. A fee is charged ...

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