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Welcome to Pine Flat Lake

Pine Flat Lake provides recreation opportunities for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Pine Flat Lake was created by the construction of the 429-foot tall Pine Flat Dam on the Kings River, which was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1944.

Construction of the Pine Flat Dam Project began in 1947 and was completed in 1954. Pine Flat Lake is 20 miles long, has 67 miles of shoreline and approximately 9 square miles of surface area. At maximum capacity, the lake holds 1,000,000 acre feet of water.

Today, Pine Flat Lake continues to provide flood control and irrigation benefits to the San Joaquin Valley.

The Jeff L. Taylor hydroelectric power plant was completed in 1984. 


Location:
35 miles east of Fresno in the oak-covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada. 

Mailing Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Pine Flat Lake
P.O. Box 117
Piedra, CA 93649-0117

Telephone:
559-787-2589
FAX 559-787-2773

E-mail:
adam.t.thompson@usace.army.mil or jeromy.w.caldwell@usace.army.mil

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Directions:

From California State Highways 99 or 41 in Fresno, take Highway 180 (Kings Canyon Highway) east out of Fresno.  Turn left (north) on Academy and then turn right (east) on Belmont. Continue driving 23 miles east on Belmont Avenue, which turns into Trimmer Springs Road. To visit Park Headquarters, turn right on Pine Flat Road and continue for two miles. To visit Deer Creek, Island Park, Lakeview or Trimmer Recreation Areas, continue east on Trimmer Springs Road.

 Pine Flat Dam is closed to the general public.


Please help us make everyone's visit enjoyable by:

  • Keeping your pets on a leash at all times.
  • Keeping fires confined to firerings/grills and using only dead and down wood.
  • Maintaining quiet between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Operating vehicles only on designated roads and parking areas provided.
  • Camping only in designated campsites.
  • Helping clean up litter.
  • Reporting safety hazards to park personnel.
  • Reading the park rules, copies of which are posted throughout the park.

All areas are patrolled by Corps of Engineers rangers and deputies of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.

If you need help, contact a park ranger or deputy sheriff.

Useful Links:

Every Kid in a Park: 4th graders can get free parks access.

Bobber the Water Safety Dog: Information on water safety for children.

Operation Dry Water: Learn about the dangers of BUI - Boating Under the Influence of alcohol.

National Water Safety Program: Information that could help save your life or the life of someone you care about.

Camping Reservations

link to recreation.gov

 

Recreation at Pine Flat Lake

Pine Flat Lake experiencing algae blooms, caution advised 

(Updated: 06/22/2018)

 

Pine Flat Lake has been experiencing algae blooms and as a precaution signage has been posted around the lake. Water samples were collected on June 15 by the California State Water Resources Control Board and the results indicate the presence of cyanobacteria in the lake water. Cyanobacteria can lead to the production of toxins in the water, however toxin levels were NOT detected in the recent tests and the conditions of the algae blooms are evolving on a daily basis. Visitors are urged to follow all recommendations on posted signage, and “When in doubt, stay out.”

 

Boating and Marina Services:

Boat launch facilities are available at four recreation areas at Pine Flat Lake, including Deer Creek, Island Park, Lakeview and Trimmer Recreation Areas. There are also two commercial/private marinas on the lake: Pine Flat Lake Marina at Deer Creek Recreation Area; and Lakeview Resort at Lakeview Recreation Area.

Services at Pine Flat Lake Marina include boat slip rentals (no boat rentals of any kind), fuel and general camping, fishing and grocery supplies. For more information on marina services call 559-787-2506.

Services at Lakeview Resort include a motel with approximately 10 rooms, suites with kitchenettes rentals, full hook-up RV site rentals, dry dock storage, and a private marina. For more information on resort services call 559-787-2207.

Boaters are reminded that there is a counter-clockwise direction of travel on the lake and a 50 mph speed limit. Water surface levels fluctuate daily.

Camping:

Pine Flat Lake offers two campgrounds: Island Park Campground with 97 campsites and Trimmer Campground with 10 campsites. Electricity is available at 25 campsites in Island Park Campground.

Each campsite is provided with a fire pit/grill and table. Hot showers and flush toilets are available at both campgrounds.

Island Park Campground has a fish cleaning station and a RV dump station.

There are two large group sites (Blue Oak and Buckeye) available at Deer Creek Point Group Campground, which are accessed from within the Island Park Recreation Area. Each site can accommodate multiple RVs and/or tents, and the sites are suitable for up to 80 people. A shade shelter, BBQ pit, fire ring, restroom and water are available at each group site to accommodate most camping needs. There is also a sand volleyball court and two horseshoe pits available for use exclusively by campers in the group sites.

Camping Reservation Links:

Reservations can be made by visiting the Recreation Reservation site at WWW.RECREATION.GOV or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Direct links to Island Park and Trimmer Campground reservations are provided here:

 Island Park Campground Map

 Trimmer Campground

Fishing:

The lake offers a variety of gamefish, including large and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rainbow trout, king (chinook) and kokanee salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Anglers can fish for native rainbow trout in the upper Kings River, which is a special management area that encourages natural reproduction of wild trout without the planting of domestic stock. Anglers must have a valid state fishing license and comply with all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules & regulations.

Hunting:

Hunting with bow or shotgun during open season is permitted in certain approved hunting areas. Hunting is not permitted in campgrounds or developed recreation areas. Hunters must be licensed and comply with California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules and regulations with regard to open seasons and bag limits.

 Hunting Map

Ranger Programs:

Park Rangers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provide weekly summer interpretive programs at the Island Park Amphitheatre on summer weekends. A variety of programs are presented, focusing on local wildlife and water safety. Ranger programs can also be requested at local schools and events. Rangers also attend local fairs and events throughout the Central Valley. Ranger programs and special interest group dam tours can be requested by calling Park Headquarters at 559-787-2589. Park management requests all dam tours to be schedules at least 30 days in advance.

Fees:

Day Use - $5

Camping - $20 nonelectric - $30 electric

Group Camping - $100

Special Use – Please contact Park Headquarters for pricing

 

The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Annual 4th Grade Pass, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps parks as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here http://1.usa.gov/1T6TRMt.

The Annual Pass is a onetime purchase of $80. You will have access to all of your favorite Corps parks, and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year at the date of purchase.

Pine Flat Views

Lots of color is revealed near Lakeview Marina on Pine Flat Lake, Sept. 10, 2014.
PINE FLAT LAKE
The view of Lakeview Marina on Pine Flat Lake.
Two boating buddies head out for a skim on Pine Flat Lake, May 3, 2014.
ONE SAFE PAIR
Two boating buddies, both wearing life jackets, head out for a cruise on Pine Flat Lake.
Veterans and their volunteer boat captains launch for a day of fishing and fun on Pine Flat Lake during Take a Warrior Fishing, May 3, 2014.
VETERANS GO FISHING
Veterans and their volunteer boat captains launch for a day of fishing and fun on Pine Flat Lake during the Corps of Engineer's annual Take a Warrior Fishing event.
Neighboring houseboats reflect early morning sun on Pine Flat Lake, May 3, 2014.
HOUSEBOATS AWAIT
Early morning sunlight hits a row of houseboats, promising a beautiful day of fun in the sun on Pine Flat Lake.
A participant in Take a Warrior Fishing, May 3, 2014, proudly shows his catch from Pine Flat Lake.
A VETERAN CATCH
A military veteran proudly shows off the catch he reeled in from Pine Flat Lake.
Group effort
A GROUP EFFORT
Keeping the Corps of Engineers parks clean and free of trash takes more than just our park rangers. This crew of volunteers showed up to help with a wide variety of projects during the annual National Public Lands Day event. (U.S. Army photo by Lucy Vang / Released)
Caught being good!
CAUGHT BEING GOOD
Park ranger Adam Thompson presents young boaters with "You've Been Caught Being Good" ice cream vouchers for wearing their life jackets as their families prepare to launch their boat at Pine Flat Lake.
Pine Flat Dam at night
A PLACE TO REFLECT
A full moon is seen rising over Pine Flat Dam.
Pine Flat Dam
PINE FLAT DAM
An overview of the dam at Pine Flat is seen on a beautiful cloud-filled afternoon.

Conservation

   

 

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