Outdoors

July 29, 2009

Wishon Reservoir

Location: Approximately 30 miles southeast of Shaver Lake along Dinkey Creek Road in the Sierra National Forest

Storage: Wishon Dam, completed by Pacific Gas & Electric in 1958, stores 118,000 acre feet of water (when full) from Helms Creek and North Fork of Kings River

Setting: High Sierra lake (elevation 6,600 feet) ringed by pine and fir forests

Activities: Uncrowded boating, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, off-highway driving

Facilities: Nearby Wishon Village includes RV park, campground, market, cafe and boat rentals; one public boat ramp, two campgrounds with vault toilets; three picnic areas

Fishing: Typically open from Memorial Day through first snowfall for rainbow, brook and brown trout

Trails: Woodchuck, Rancheria and Crown Valley trailheads (all south of lake) provide access to John Muir Wilderness

Fun fact: Lake speed limit (15 mph) preserves peace and quiet

Campground reservations: None required at Lilly Pad; Upper Kings River Group, (916) 386-5164

Area info: High Sierra Ranger Station, (559) 855-5355; Dinkey Creek Ranger Station (summer only), (559) 841-3404

Key phone numbers: Wishon Village, (559) 865-5361; Dinkey Creek Inn, (559) 841-3435; Shaver Lake Sports, (559) 841-2740; Young’s Sporting Goods, (559) 841-8271

Web site: Sierra National Forest, Click for sitewww.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/


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