October 10, 2006

Pine Flat Reservoir

Location: Approximately 35 miles east of Fresno; follow Belmont Avenue until it becomes Trimmer Springs Road

Storage: Pine Flat Dam, built by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1954, captures 1 million acre-feet of water from the Kings River

Setting: Rolling, grassy foothills dotted with blue and live oaks; wildflowers abundant in the spring; elevation 952 feet

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

Facilities: A commercial marina offering boat and slip rentals, gasoline, camping, and fishing supplies; four boat ramps (Deer Creek, Island Park, Lakeview and Trimmer); five public campgrounds, including some with toilets and showers; numerous picnic areas, some accessable by boat

Fishing: Largemouth and spotted bass, rainbow trout, kokanee, crappie and catfish

Trails: Blue Oak Nature Trail (3/4 mile) is an easy, self-guided walk; Edison Point Trail (3.5-mile loop) is geared to hikers and mountain bikers

Fun fact: Lindsay’s Brian Shishido caught the world-record spotted bass (10.27 pounds) at Pine Flat on April 21, 2001

Campground reservations: Choinumni and Pine Flat, (559) 488-3004; Island Park, (877) 444-6777; Timmer, (559) 855-2039; Kirch Flat is first come, first served

Park info: Pine Flat Lake Manager, (559) 787-2589

Key phone numbers: Pine Flat Lake Marina, (559) 787-2506; Trimmer Marina (559) 855-2039; Doyal’s Market, (559) 787-2387; I Forgot Store, (559) 787-3689

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

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