Outdoors

Eastman Lake

Lake activities include camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, hunting, mountain biking and equestrian trails.
Lake activities include camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, hunting, mountain biking and equestrian trails.

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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