Outdoors

Pine Flat Reservoir

Pine Flat Reservoir offers fishing, camping and any kind of water sport activities.
Pine Flat Reservoir offers fishing, camping and any kind of water sport activities.

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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