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WAKALUMI RECREATION AREA, CA

Wakalumi Recreation Area is a primitive Group Horse Camping area located at Hensley Lake in the foothills of central California, 50 miles north of Fresno. The lake area offers many recreational opportunities, such as swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The...
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This area is adjacent to the dam, therefore, there are areas that are restricted from access by the campers.

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WAKALUMI RECREATION AREA GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC 50 Accessible 35 Parallel
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water
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Overview

Overview

Wakalumi Recreation Area is a primitive Group Horse Camping area located at Hensley Lake in the foothills of central California, 50 miles north of Fresno. The lake area offers many recreational opportunities, such as swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The lake attracts a growing number of visitors per year. It is within a short drive to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, as well as the Sierra National Forest. The lake was created by the construction of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. With over 20 miles of shoreline, it is a popular vacation spot for families and those who enjoy water activities.

Natural Features:

Wakalumi is located below the dam at Hensley Lake. It is surrounded by the oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills, offering a mixture of sun and shade. The area has significant historical value as it was once home to the Miwok and Yokut Native American Tribes.

Recreation:

The area is packed with opportunities for outdoor fun. Hiking and horseback riding are available for campers in our wildlife areas. Certain times of the year, Wakalumi campers have access to the Fresno River for fishing from their camping area. Other campers enjoy boating, water skiing and fishing on the water. Bank fishermen have easy access to the lake's shoreline. Lake fishing is particularly good in the coves where largemouth black bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are found in abundance. Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake each winter.

On the other side of the lake, there is a swim beach, a disc golf course and a hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trail. One hiking trail is located within 10 miles of the campground.

Educational programs are offered at the campground's amphitheater every Saturday night during the summer months.

Facilities:

Wakalumi Recreation Area provides one large group campsite for up to 50 people, including horse trailers. There is a vault toilet, corrals, hitching posts, picnic tables and fire rings.

Nearby Attractions:

Yosemite National Park is about one hour north and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are about 1.5 hours southeast of the facility.

Booking Window
Thu Oct 23 2014 - Tue Oct 20 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Corrals
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Horse Corrals
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • River Access
  • Shade
  • Star Gazing
  • Tables
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Playground
  • Auditorium
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Disc Golf
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Playground
  • Sailing
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trailhead Parking
  • Trailheads
  • Water Access
  • Water Activities
  • Water Skiing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $50.00
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015
GROUP STANDARD AREA NONELECTRIC $50.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.12472, -119.89722
37°7'29"N, 119°53'50"W

From south of Fresno: Take SR 99 to SR 41 north and go 21 miles to SR 145. Turn left on 145 and go 8.4 miles to Road 33. Turn right on Road 33, and go one mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.

From south of Madera: Take SR 99 north to exit 153B. Bear right onto Madera Ave. and go .3 miles to Gateway. Turn left and drive .2 miles to the traffic light at Yosemite Ave. (SR 145). Turn right and go 7.2 miles to Road 33. Turn left on Road 33, and go 1 mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.

From north of Madera: Take State Route 99 south to exit 153B. Exit onto Olive Ave. Turn left onto Madera Ave. and go .3 miles to Gateway. Turn left and drive .2 miles to the traffic light at Yosemite Ave. (SR 145). Turn right and go 7.2 miles to Road 33. Turn left on Road 33, and go one mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

WAKALUMI RECREATION AREA
P.O. Box 85
Raymond  CA  93653

Phone Number:

Information:  (559)673-5151