Millerton Lake

July 29, 2009 

Location: Fifteen miles north of central Fresno; south entrance off Millerton Road, north entrance off Road 145 (north)

Storage: Friant Dam, built by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1944, captures 520,500 acre feet of water (when full) from the San Joaquin River

Setting: Rolling, grassy foothills dotted with blue and live oaks; oaks and gray pines in the river canyon; wildflowers abundant in spring; elevation 578 feet

Activities: Boating, fishing, camping, water sports, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking

Facilities: One commercial marina offering slip and boat rentals, gasoline, snacks, bait and boating supplies; two public boat ramps; one drive-in campground (north shore) with 148 sites, 27 with electricity hookups; one boat-in campground (Temperance Flat) with 25 first-come, first-served sites; numerous picnic areas, one (South Finegold) reachable by boat or car

Fishing: Open all year for spotted bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, American shad, channel catfish,crappie and bluegill

Trails: Blue Oak Trail (2.5 miles) runs on south side of lake between Blue Oak Picnic Area and Winchell Cove; Buzzards Roost Trail (1 mile); south terminus of San Joaquin River Trail (16 miles) at South Finegold Picnic Area

Fun fact: Lake boasts state’s largest wintering population of bald eagles; boat tours are available

Campground reservations: (800) 444-7275; Click for site www.reserveamerica.com

Park info: Millerton Lake headquarters, (559) 822-2332

Key phone numbers: Millerton Lake Marina, (559) 822-2264

Brochure: Click for site parks.ca.gov/pages/587/files/millerton.pdf


View Millerton Lake in a larger map

The Fresno Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service