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ISLAND PARK, CA

Photo: ISLAND PARK
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Island Park Recreation Area is the place to go for campers looking for lots of exciting water activities at Pine Flat Lake. The area has plenty of campsites plus two group sites and a day-use area for boaters.

Pine Flat Lake spans 20 miles in length with 67 miles of shoreline. The lake, formed in 1954 with the completion of the Pine Flat Dam, is used for flood control and irrigation as well as a recreation oasis for the area. Wildlife spotting opportunities include bobcats and red-tailed hawks.

Natural Features:

Pine Flat Lake is situated where oak and pine meet in the foothills of the central Sierra Nevada Mountains. It's in Kings Canyon at the western edge of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

At full capacity, the lake holds a million acre-feet of water, which is fed by the Kings Canyon watershed.

Recreation:

Boating, jet skiing and fishing are some of the most popular activities at the lake. Anglers can find small and large-mouthed bass, spotted bass and rainbow trout.

Families enjoy strolling on the Blue Oak Trail, a quarter-mile interpretive trail that's accessible from the campground.

Facilities:

Most campsites are non-electric, but 25 sites have electric hookups, and five of those sites have water hookups. There is one site that meets accessibility standards and is available as first come, first served. Day-use visitors have access to a boat ramp and vault toilets. All campers have access to flush toilets.

Group campground reservations include the use of a playground, horseshoe pit and volleyball court.

Nearby Attractions:

From the campground, head upstream on Kings River to find superb whitewater rafting in spring and early summer.

Scenic drives through Sierra National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park never cease to impress visitors.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Coin Showers
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Group Camping
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pay Phone
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Due to continuously changing lake levels, lakeside camping may not be available year round, and activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, jet skiing, and overall lake access may be limited at this recreation area. Please contact the Park Headquarters Office at 559-787-2589 for more information and current lake conditions.
  • As of January 1, 2012, the campsite fee includes parking for two vehicles. Any additional vehicles parked within the campground, whether staying over night or just visiting, are required to pay an additional vehicle fee of $4.00 per day. These fees will be collected at the park by a Park Ranger or a Camp Host. Several campsites will not accommodate more than two vehicles.
  • Entrance gates may be locked from 10 pm - 8 am. Vehicles may exit at anytime, however re-entry into the campground when the gates are locked is prohibited.
  • Rattlesnakes frequent the area starting early spring through late summer. Please use caution.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.86464, -119.31573
36°51'53"N, 119°18'57"W

From Fresno, CA: Travel east on HIghway 180 to Academy Ave. Turn Left on Academy and turn right on Belmont Avenue. Belmont Avenue turns into Trimmer Springs Road, and follow to Island Park Recreation Area, Turn right and follow signs to Island Park Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ISLAND PARK
PO BOX 117
PIEDRA CA 93649-0117

Phone Number:

Information: (559)787-2589