Summer in the Sierra is our prime season and can become extremely busy. There are a variety of activities to suit any outdoor enthusiast. Stay close to Huntington Lake or venture out to the high country. Beauty surrounds this area and it becomes obvious why we are ‘the best kept secret in California”.
Backpacking / Hiking
There are many hiking trails of varying difficulty levels around the lake. Maps are available through the Forest Service Office in Prather as well as in our General Store. Visit the backcountry for spectacular views from White Bark Vista at the top of Kaiser Pass; take a trip to Muir Trail Ranch for highcountry adventure. Day trips to Rancheria Falls, Mushroom Rock, Black Point and Indian Pools are easily accessible from Lakeshore Resort. Or backpack along the Pacific Crest Trail.
After a hard day of hiking, jump into the natural or concrete tubs at Mono Hot Springs on the San Joaquin River.
Whatever your boating choice, the Sierra National Forest provides numerousopportunities for canoeing, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, whitewater rafting,kayaking, and house boating. For information on boating regulations make sure to check out the State of California Boating Safety website.
There are 7 campgrounds around Huntington Lake: Rancheria, College, Deer Creek, Kinnikinnick, Catavee, Upper and Lower Billy Creek. You can contact the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov to book a campground site online. Reservations can be made up to 1 day before arrival. Make sure to get a Campfire Permit!
Camping in the high-country requires a special permit.Visit this site for information on obtaining a Wilderness Permit.
For the fisherman, Huntington Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout on a regular basis in the spring and summer while Brown Trout and Kokanee are native to the lake. 5 per day limit, 10 in possession. Fresh water stream fishing on the Sierra National Forest is open from the last weekend in April through November 15. All lakes are open year around, though access may be limited due to seasonal closure of roads due to snow. You can fish the many high-country lakes such as Ward, Florence, Edison, and Portal Forebay.
Anglers, 16 years and older, who plan to fish in creeks, streams, rivers and lakes will need to obtain a California fishing license. You can obtain 1-day, 2-day and Season Fishing Licenses at our General Store. Visit the California Department of Fish & Game for regulation information.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. Click here for local geocaching trails.
Horseback riding is a great way to see the sights and there are several pack stations available in the area to provide a variety of backcountry services. They include:
D&F Pack Station - Located just 1/2 mile from Lakeshore Resort, D&F offers 2 hour rides as well as fishing and hunting excursions in the high country. They provide a variety of backcountry trips to Kaiser, John Muir, Dinkey Lakes, and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas and around Huntington Lake. Boarding facilities are also available. Lakeshore Resort has coupons available in our Reservation Office.
High Sierra Pack Station - Located near Edison Lake, provides a variety of backcountry trips to sites such as Graveyard Lakes, Margerite Lakes Basin, Bear Creek to fish for the Golden Trout, Evolution Valley in the Kings Canyon National Park and Silver Pass.
Muir Trail Ranch - Located in the John Muir Wilderness at Blayney Meadows, provides horses for 1/2 day rides or longer overnight pack trips. Stay at the ranch, soak in the hot springs and enjoy the best the high country has to offer.
Hunting is permitted within National Forests during seasons regulated by the California Department of Fish and Game. State hunting licenses are required. Please visit this website for information on regulations and seasonal dates.
Jet and Water Skiing
Shaver Lake Water Sports offers jet skis, waverunners, canoes, ski boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, one or two man kayaks and paddle boats for your enjoyment. Motorized boat rentals for Huntington Lake are available at Rancheria Enterprises and Huntington Lake Resort & Marina.
There are many beautiful lakes in the area. Some are at lower elevations, while others are located in the high country. Here are descriptions of some of the most popular lakes:
Bass Lake, nestled among tall pine trees, this popular recreation area provides opportunities for camping, boating, swimming, fishing and picnicking.
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.
Courtright Reservoir is located in one of the most superb geological areas of California. Bare granite domes rise from the shores of Courtright Reservoir. Ice Age glaciers sculpted the mountain peaks, slopes and valleys giving them their unique present day shape.
Doris Lake is just a moderate one-mile hike from Mono Hot Springs Resort. It is a spring fed lake making it a popular old time "swimming hole" for decades. Fishermen also find the lake a wonderful place to drown a worm or two.
Edison Lake is surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks and wilderness; this lake serves as a popular backcountry destination that offers camping, boating, picnicking, hiking and fishing.
Florence Lake is a beautiful high Sierra lake that provides 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 Kings Canyon National Park.
Huntington Lake is a popular summer and winter recreation area. This beautiful high Sierra lake is best known for sailing and fishing. Other opportunities include camping, hiking, picnicking, horseback riding, and scenic driving.
Kerckhoff Reservoir is located on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River above Millerton Lake. This lake is accessible year round and provides opportunities for camping, boating, and fishing.
Mammoth Pool Reservoir is located on the San Joaquin River above North Fork. This lake is popular for fishing and boating. Other opportunities include camping, swimming, and hiking.
Pine Flat Lake is located in the oak covered foothills above the San Joaquin Valley. This lake is best know for houseboating, fishing, swimming, water skiing and wake boarding.
Portal Forebay is a small 20-acre lake located on the Kaiser Pass Road midway between Florence and Huntington Lakes. The lake serves as a holding forebay for the Portal Power House, which is located at Huntington Lake. This lake is best known for fishing.
Redinger Lake is located on the San Joaquin River above Kerckhoff Reservoir. Accessible year round, it is surrounded by oak and shrub covered foothills. This lake is popular for water skiing, wake boarding and fishing.
Shaver Lake is a popular recreational lake surrounded by dense pine forests. Operated by Southern California Edison it provides opportunities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, houseboating, water skiing and wake boarding.
Tulle Lake is a moderate 2-mile hike from Mono Hot Springs and offers a serene peaceful setting for enjoying the beauty.
Twin Lakes – Lower Twin Lake is a nice little lake under a granite peak. Just a couple hundred feet further is Upper Twin Lake with caves to spelunk and a great lake to swim in. You can swim out to the island and find some rocks to jump from.
Ward Lake, just three acres in size, this quaint high Sierra lake provides visitors with a place to camp, fish and hike.
Wishon Reservoir is a picturesque high sierra lake that offers un-crowded opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and horseback riding.
The rugged mountain terrain makes for superb mountain biking opportunities. Take a trip around the lake or head to the high country for more challenging courses. Maps are available through the Forest Service Office in Prather as well as in our General Store.
Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)
You will find many opportunities for off-highway enjoyment in the Sierra National Forest. Become familiar with OHV laws, restrictions, and closures. Respect private property, wildlife and other forest visitors. Always operate your vehicle in a safe, responsible manner. Make sure your vehicle is registered! For more information – click here!
There are 4 main picnic / day use areas at Huntington Lake. Bear Cove, Billy Creek, Dowville and the Boat Launch area across from Lakeshore Resort, which are all open from June – October. They provide an excellent area to enjoy the lake under shady fir trees during the hot summer months.
Huntington Lake is one of the best sailing lakes in California, with consistent winds from the west coming up around 10 AM daily. Many sailing regattas are held during the summer months of July and August. Check out our Calendar of Events for the High Sierra Regatta race dates. Visit the Fresno Yacht Club website for details about how to enter.
Take a refreshing dip in any of the alpine lakes for a breathtaking and relaxing day. The shore of Huntington Lake has a roped off area for swimmers to enjoy the cool water on hot days.
Visit the Museum
There is much history of the Huntington Lake area connected with Lakeshore and you can see old photographs in our Lodge Lobby or check out the Billy Creek Ranger Station Museum located 4 miles west on Huntington Lake Road next to Billy Creek Campground. The
museum opens July 4th weekend until Labor Day Sunday and is open Wednesdays 1-4 PM and Sat./Sun. from 11AM til 4PM. The museum offers many historical pictures and mementos from the area and every year there is a special exhibit. During the summer they show a picture slide show on Thursday evenings at 7 PM at the Lakeshore Resort Lodge / Dance Hall.
White Water Rafting
The Sierra National Forest offers a variety of river sports opportunities. Whitewater enthusiasts might consider a trip down the Kings River or the Merced Wild and Scenic Rivers. Both rivers are very technical (Class III and IV) and suited for experienced boaters. A rafting permit is not required for most private groups to raft the river. However, a special user permit may be required for some non-commercial guided trips and for large groups.
Wildlife ViewingFor animal lovers, the area is home to Black Bear, Mule Deer, Mountain Lions, Coyotes,Raccoons, Marmots, Pine Marten, Golden Mantel, Ground Squirrels, Chickarees (cone cutters), Tree Squirrels, Stellar Jays, Bald Eagles and Osprey. The forest is open range to cattle, so watch for them on the highway.
For more information contact:
Sierra National Forest
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611-0532