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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 approximatley 9 square miles of surface area.

Today, Pine Flat continues to provide flood control and irrigation benefits to the San Joaquin Valley. 
The Jeff L. Taylor hydroelectric power plant was completed in 1984. At maximum capacity, the lake holds 1,000,000 acre feet of water.

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

FAX 559-787-2773


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

From California State Highways 99 or 41 in Fresno, take Highway 180 (Kings Canyon Highway) east out of Fresno.
Exit at Fowler Avenue and turn right (south). Then turn left (east) at the first stop light (Belmont Avenue).

Continue driving 23 miles east on Belmont Avenue, which turns into Trimmer Springs Road just before the town of Piedra.
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.

Camping Reservations

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Recreation at Pine Flat Lake

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Pine Flat Lake offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Pine Flat Lake is popular for fishing, boating, swimming, camping, photography, sightseeing, hunting and hiking, just to name a few favorite activities. Located 35 miles east of Fresno, there are four recreation areas, two campgrounds and four boat ramps to help you experience Pine Flat Lake.

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. There are also two commercial marinas on the lake: Pine Flat Lake Marina, operated at Deer Creek Recreation Area; and Lakeview Marina, operated at Lakeview Recreation Area. Services include: boat slip rentals, fuel and camping and fishing supplies. For more information on marina services at Pine Flat Lake CLICK HERE or call 559-787-2506.

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.

Pine Flat Lake offers two campgrounds: Island Park Campground with 97 campsites and Trimmer Campground with 10 campsites. Electricity is available at 20 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, a playground and 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
Island Park Map

 Trimmer Campground

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 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.

Pine Flat 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 San Joaquin Valley. Ranger programs and school group dam tours can be requested by calling Park Headquarters at 559-787-2589. All tours must be requested at least 30 days in advance, please call for more information.



Group Camping

Special Use

Day Use

$20 standard

$30 electric



$4 daily

$30 annual

The Golden Age and Golden Access Passport Program expired December 31, 2006. However, both passes are still honored for related discounts at all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also honors two of the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes: the Interagency Senior and Interagency Access passes. These passes qualify the holder to a 50% discount on camping and day use fees. For more information on these passes or where you can get these passes, click here.

Annual Pass:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides annual passes for $30. The Annual Pass gives unlimited day use at all Pine Flat Lake Recreation Areas and at all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated parks nationwide for 12 months from the date of purchase. Passes are available for purchase at Pine Flat Lake Park Headquarters, and local stores/businesses around Pine Flat Lake including Pine Flat Lake Marina, The I Forgot Store and Tivy Valley Market.

Pine Flat Views




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