October 10, 2006

Eastman Lake

Location: About 25 miles east of Chowchilla on the north end of County Road 29; open all year

Storage: Buchanan Dam, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1975, captures 150,000 acre-feet of water from the Chowchilla River

Setting: Rolling foothills dotted with blue oaks, live oaks and bull pines; wildflowers plentiful in the spring; elevation 600 feet

Activities: Camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, equestrian trails

Facilities: Designated trophy bass fishery with 22-inch minimum, 1-fish limit on largemouth; also crappie, bluegill, catfish and seasonal trout

Trails: Lakeview Trail runs 4.2 miles one-way from near Codomiz Group Campground to the Raymond Bridge; open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians

Factoid: Lake is closed to fishing upstream of marked buoy lines near river inlet

Day use fees: $4 per vehicle

Quote: "With all this rain, I think we're going to have a pretty full lake all summer" — Bill Fratzke, park ranger

Campground reservations: Reserve USA, 877-444-6777

Contact info: Eastman Lake Park Manager, (559) 689-3255

Web site: corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/

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