Open each day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the visitor center is a good place to discover Eastman Lake. An audio-visual program, displays, and brochures are available to visitors. Group tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling (559) 689-3255.
The Chowchilla area provides for a variety of recreation activities. Included are: picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, volleyball, horseshoe pits, and an aqua-toy. Restrooms are available. The Monument Ridge area has a disc golf course, a softball diamond, picnic tables and portable restrooms.
One-day Pass $4; Day Use Shelter $30.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an annual pass for $30. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps parks.
The Codorniz Campground has 65 sites and is open all year. Each site has a parking spur, table and firepit/grill. Conveniently located restrooms provide flush toilets and hot showers. Ten people are permitted per campsite and there is a 14-day limit per stay.
Codorniz Campground sites are $20 per night; $30 with electricity and water; $30 for electricity, water and sewer; and $30 for universal access site.
Three group camping areas in the Codorniz Recreation Area are available by reservation. Equestrian groups and non-profit organizations may also reserve the group equestrian area.
Wildcat Campground primitive sites, including family equestrian sites, are $20 per night. Wildcat Campground Map
Group camping: North A (40 people) $80; North B (100 people) $90; South (160 people) $100; and Equestrian (60 people) $60.
Wireless internet access is available free to registered campers.
Reservations for the above camping are available through Reserve America at 1-877-444-6777 or on the web at www.Recreation.gov.
The Golden Age and Golden Access passport program expired Dec. 31, 2006. However, both passes are still honored as evidence of eligibility for related discounts at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks. Corps parks also honor two of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes: the Interagency Senior and Interagency Access passes. The Corps does not sell or issue either pass.
Boating is permitted year round. The body of the lake provides plenty of space for water-skiing, sailing, and pleasure boating. Launch ramps with courtesy docks are located in the Chowchilla and Codorniz recreation areas. Certain parts of the lake have speed and closure restrictions. The Chowchilla River north of the lake is closed to all water recreation.
Equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers may enjoy the trails at Eastman Lake. For current trail information, contact the park office.
Eastman Lake has been designated as California's first Trophy Bass Fishery by the California Department of Fish and Game. Anglers may keep only one bass with a minimum length of 22". There is also a cumulative limit of 25 pan fish. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, the lake offers a challenging fishing opportunity. Species include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Rainbow trout are planted during the winter months. FISHING INFO
Hunting is permitted in the wildlife management area in accordance with California Hunting Regulations. Game may be taken with shotguns or bow. HUNTING INFO
The Yokut and Miwok tribes once claimed this area as their home. Evidence of their presence in the area is still evident, mostly in the form of mortar and metate areas, where they ground acorns for food. Also of historical interest is a monument to the Town of Buchanan located along the entrance road. This once thriving copper town now exists only in legend and a few tattered photos.