Trail Mix for 5/29: Millerton Lake rated top-100 family boat/fish spot in U.S.

The Fresno BeeMay 28, 2014 

Millerton Lake was filled with picnickers and sun seekers on Memorial Day weekend 2012.

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Millerton Lake in Friant was named one of the country's top 100 family-friendly places to boat and fish by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

At No. 75, on Millerton rounded out eight California waters in the inaugural Take Me Fishing Top 100 list.

Lake Berryessa near Napa came in at No. 1. Lake Chabot Regional Park (No. 7), Lake Del Valle in Livermore (No. 11), Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas (No. 13), Clear Lake State Park in Kelseyville (No. 17), Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey (No. 28) and Echo Park in Los Angeles (No. 33) were also on the list.


Exhibit honors Yosemite's 150th anniversay

On June 3, Yosemite National Park will unveil a new exhibit entitled "Yosemite, the Grand Experiment," commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.

It will run through Oct. 18 and is located in the Yosemite Valley Museum. The exhibit features prints, artifacts and more from the park's early years.

Wilderness Act turning 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the landmark bill that created the legal definition of wilderness and protects nearly 110 million acres across the United States.

To celebrate, Lou Beihn, a member of North Fork Rancheria and Mono Nation, will host a presentation on the Mono Trail through Yosemite Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeshore Resort at Huntington Lake.

A 30-minute screening of "The Meaning of Wild," will follow Beihn's presentation. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Bass Lake triathlon Saturday

The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon returns Saturday at the Madera County lake.

The 7 a.m. race offers two distances, olympic and sprint. The former is a 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run while the latter is a 500-meter swim, 20K ride and 5K run.

You can register in person today from 4:30-7 p.m. at Sierra Running Co. at 9447 N. Fort Washington Ave. in Fresno, or Friday from 4-7 p.m. at The Pines Resort at 54432 Road 432 in Bass Lake.

Entries for the olympic triathlon cost $140 and the sprint is $120. Relay teams cost $150.


Sequoia, Kings Canyon cabins open for season

Lodging opened up Memorial Day weekend at lodges and cabins in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks.

Grant Grove has four types of cabins -- rustic, oversized camp, regular camp and tent cabin -- with lodging available through Nov. 2. The Cedar Grove Lodge offers standard patio rooms through Oct. 12.



• 2nd annual Boy Scouts Shooting Clays Classic

When: June 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Sun Mountain Gun Club in Coarsegold

The Shooting Clays Classic is a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America for camp scholarships for scouts to attend summer and day camps.

The team competition features squads of five shooters each taking aim at 100 targets. All shells and clays will be provided.

Entries cost $125 per shooter and $200 per adult and youth partners. Teams of five can sign up for $625. Sponsorship packages are also available.

Details: or John Richers at or (559) 320-2100, ext. 106.

• 20th annual free Youth Fishing Derby

When: June 14, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Shaver Lake

Anglers ages 3 to 15 can cast their lines for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants. Prize categories include first fish, last fish, smallest fish, largest limit, largest fish, and youngest angler. The big fish and casting contests will be split into three age groups: 3-7, 8-11 and 12-15.

All kids will be entered in a free derby raffle that includes a grand prize of a family fishing trip on Shaver Lake. Other prizes are a half-day fishing boat rental, fishing tackle, sports equipment, clothing, gift certificates, and more.

Registration will take place 7:30-10 a.m. at the Southern California Edison day use area on Road 2. No day use fee is required. The casting contest and fishing will start at 8 a.m.

Details: Greg Marks at (559) 855-8752.

The reporter can be reached at, (559) 441-6401 or @anhelllll on Twitter.

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