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
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
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.
The Corps of Engineers is now included in the America the Beautiful interagency pass! For a one time purchase of $80, you have access to all of your favorite Corps parks in addition to all the other federal public lands and national parks for one year after the date of purchase.
Individuals 62 years or older can buy a $10 lifetime senior pass, which does not expire. All other passes and kids 15 years or younger are free of charge at all federal recreation areas. Senior and access pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.
Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our parks as the money is turned right around and invested in the facilities to improve your recreational experience.
Get details about the America the Beautiful pass series here http://1.usa.gov/1T6TRMt.
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.