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Welcome to Success Lake

Success Lake and Dam is a multi-purpose facility built to provide flood control and irrigation. Management of public land and water for wildlife and recreation has provided many opportunities for outdoor activities.

Construction of the earth-filled dam was completed in 1961. It spans 3,490 feet across the Tule River and is 142 feet high. When full, the lake holds 82,000 acre feet of water with a surface area of 2,450 acres.


Location:
The Sierra Nevada foothills, 8 miles east of Porterville. 

Mailing Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Success Lake
P.O. Box 1072
Porterville, CA 93258

Telephone:
Information: 559-783-9200
Park Office: 559-784-0215
Fax: 559-784-5469

E-mail:
success-info@usace.army.mil

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday, 7:45 am to 4:30 pm
Closed holidays

Directions:
Freeway 99: Take the highway 190 exit east to the park.


When you visit, please help us make everyone's visit enjoyable by:
  • Keeping your pet on a leash at all times.
  • Keeping fires confined to grills and pits and using only dead and down wood.
  • Maintaining quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Operating vehicles only on designated roads and parking in provided areas.
  • Camping only in designated areas.
  • Helping clean up litter and keeping a neat campsite.
  • Reporting safety hazards to park personnel.
  • Watching children closely when around water.
  • Obeying all signs for your safety and enjoyment.
  • Reading the park rules, copies of which are posted throughout the park and available from the campground registration building.

All areas are patrolled by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rangers and the Tulare 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 Success Lake

Day Use:

The Tule Recreation Area provides picnic sites, several group picnic shelters, and a playground. Just downstream of the dam is Bartlett Park with picnic tables, group picnic shelters, playgrounds, and a softball field. This county-operated park also has large fishing ponds for youngsters to try out their fishing skills. There is also a nature trail located below the dam.

Success Lake and Dam

Ranger Programs:

Group hikes and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling 559-784-0215.

Camping:

The Tule Campground has 103 sites and is open year-round. Each site has a parking spur, table, fire pit, and grill. Conveniently located restrooms provide flush toilets and showers.

A maximum of eight people and two vehicles are allowed per site. Also note that camping is limited to 14 days in any 30-day period. Campfire programs are presented in the Tule Recreation Area every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-877-444-6777 (toll-free). When calling, please note that the name of our campground is Tule 2 and our I.D. number is 3451.

Boating:

Success Lake offers excellent opportunities for water-skiing, sailing, and pleasure boating. Launch ramps are located in the Tule and Rocky Hill Recreation Areas.

Success Marina, located in the Tule Recreation Area, has a complete inventory of boating supplies, rentals, and fuel. For information about registration and operating regulations, contact the Tulare County Boat Patrol Office at 559-782-4797.

Fees:

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.

 

Camping Fees Day Use Fees
Without electricity -- $20 Daily -- $5
With electricity -- $30 Annual Pass -- $40

Hunting:

Hunting is permitted in the 1,400 acre Wildlife Management Area in accordance with California Hunting Regulations. The most popular game species in the area are pheasant and dove. Game may be taken with shotguns only.

Views of Success

Fishing under stars and stripes
STARS & STRIPES & FISHING
A bass fisherman casts a line on a clear summer day at Success Lake, near Porterville, California.
Chasing fish!
AFTER THE BASS
A bass fisherman takes off in search of new adventures, and biting fish, at Success Lake.
Riding 'round Success
TRAIL RIDE
A trio of horsemen enjoy a scenic ride through the wildlife management area of Success Lake.
Lake Success scenery
SCENIC SUCCESS
The water grows calm along the shore of Lake Success on a hazy afternoon.

Conservation

   

 

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