Eastman Lake rests in the low foothills of Madera County, about 30 miles northeast of Madera. The 1,780-acre lake is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and serves as flood control, irrigation, and recreation. Waterskiing, fishing, and swimming are favorite activities at the lake. Excellent day-use facilities include shaded picnic sites, a disc golf course, a softball diamond, and boat launch ramps. An abundance of wildlife is inhabit the grasslands and rolling hills around the lake.
Eastman Lake has 81 family campsites in two main camping areas on the southeastern shore of the lake, Codorniz Campground and Wildcat Campground. Four campsites are designated for tents only. The rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Codorniz Campground is the smaller of the two, with 16 campsites well-separated on the hillside near the lake and 3 equestrian sites. Wildcat campsites lack the RV hook-ups found in Codorniz Campground.
Codorniz Campground is adjacent to Wildcat, but has a separate entrance in the Codorniz Recreation Area. Codorniz Campground includes a well-maintained volleyball court and a children's playground. A number of campsites have electric and water hook-ups and some have full hook-ups. Water hook-ups are available at many sites as long as campers have a backflow arrester and a Y connector. Campers are limited to one energy-using camping unit at each electric hook-up site. The campground lacks much natural shade, but some of the sites have shade ramadas over the picnic tables.
Codorniz Campground also include 3 Group Campsites, 3 Equestrian Campsites, and 1 Group Equestrian Campsite.
General Camping Information
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, obtain firewood locally.
Codorniz Campground includes 3 group campsites. North A campsite can accommodate up to 40 people and 12 vehicles, North B up to 100 people and 25 vehicles, and South up to 160 people and 50 vehicles. The campsites have covered picnic shelters and 10 amp power available at the shelters for heating food and coffee. There is no power available to RVs or trailers. At the South Campsite two 20 amp outlets are located in the parking area for medical equipment needs. The South Site includes a volleyball court, while North B has a horseshoe pit. Group sites may be reserved up to 12 months before arrival.
Fees: North A - $80 per night, North B - $90, South - $100
Reservations: Codorniz Group Campground Reservations
Standard Equestrian Campsites and Group Site
Wildcat Campground includes 3 standard equestrian campsites for up to 8 people and 2 vehicles at each site. The campground has hitching posts, corrals, and composting stations available.
The Group Equestrian Campsite is set apart from the main camping areas. The group site can accommodate up to 60 people and 30 vehicles. Currently (2016) due to construction, flush restrooms and showers and water are not available. Group sites may be reserved up to 1 year in advance of arrival, standard sites up to 6 months before arrival.
Fees: Standard sites - $20 per night, Group site - $60
Reservations: Codorniz Equestrian Campground Reservations