Outdoors

Huntington Lake

Huntington Lake offers many opportunities for all types of water sports and is particularly well known for sailing.
Huntington Lake offers many opportunities for all types of water sports and is particularly well known for sailing.

Location: Sixty-five miles northeast of Fresno at end of Highway 168 in Sierra National Forest

Storage: Lake is approximately 5 miles long by 1/2 mile wide with a total capacity of 89,800 acre feet; three dams were completed in 1913

Setting: Surrounded by pine forests and granite peaks; elevation 7,000 feet

Activities: Camping, boating, fishing, picknicking, hiking, equestrian, snowmobiling

Facilities: Six private resorts, three marinas; two public boat ramps; seven campgrounds, three picnic areas; ski resort; pack station

Fishing: Rainbow and brown trout, kokanee salmon

Trails: Indian Pools, 2 miles round trip; Rancheria Falls, 2 miles; Nellie Lake, 10 miles; Kaiser Peak Loop, 15 miles

History: A B-24 bomber, on a World War II training mission, crashed into Huntington Lake on Dec. 6, 1943, killing six crew members. The plane was not found until 1955; some of the wreckage remains at the bottom

Fun fact: Huntington Lake is rated as one of the top sailing lakes in the U.S. for its strong, constant winds

Campground reservations: Reserve USA, 1-877-444-6777.

Sierra National Forest contact info (all 559 area code): 855-5355; 893-6611 (summer only); http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/

Key phone numbers: Lakeshore Resort, 893-3193; Rancheria Enterprises, 893-3234; Cedar Crest Resort, 893-3233; Huntington Lake Resort, 893-6750; D&F Pack Station, 893-3220; Sierra Summit, 233-2500



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