Lake Kaweah

July 29, 2009 

Location: Twenty miles east of Visalia and 3 miles west of Three Rivers along Highway 198 Storage: Terminus Dam, completed in 1962 by the Army Corps of Engineers, captures 185,600 acre feet of water (when full) from the Kaweah River

Setting: Twenty two miles of shoreline covered in grasses, scrub oaks and granite; elevation 694 feet

Activities: Boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, water sports, bird watching

Facilities: One full-service commercial marina with boat and slip rentals, gas, snacks and bait; three public boat ramps (Kaweah, Lemon Hill, Slickrock); three picnic areas ($4 day use fee); and one campground with flush toilets and showers

Fishing: Open year round for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, catfish and bluegill; 15-inch size minimum for bass

Trails: Short interpretive trail at Horse Creek Campground

Fun fact: In 1987, the lake’s fish population was “killed off” by Fish and Game to get rid of a white bass infestation

Campground reservations: (877) 444-6777 or Click for site www.recreation.gov

Park info: Lake Kaweah Manager, (559) 597-2301

Key phone numbers: Kaweah Marina, (559) 597-2526; Tulare County Boat Patrol, (559) 597-2437; Sierra Sport Fishing, (559) 592-5922

Web site: Click for site www.spk.usace.army.mil/index.html


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