North Shore Campgrounds

Millerton Lake


Millerton Lake


Fort Miller campground, Millerton Lake, CA

Millerton Lake's Fort Miller Campground

Millerton Lake
Attractions and Activities

Millerton Lake has been a popular fishing, boating, and camping destination since Friant Dam was built in 1944. For those camped at one of the North Shore Campgrounds, great fishing and boating are nearby.

  • Explore forty-seven miles of shoreline.
  • Take advantage of one of the three boat ramps. Visit the marina. Set out on the water for fishing, water skiing, or sailing.
  • Enjoy hiking or cycling.
  • Watch for the large population of bald eagles that winter at Millerton Lake.
  • Visitors are on the lookout for wildlife such as deer, bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, foxes, and golden eagles.
  • Boat-in camping available.
  • Enjoy summer interpretive programs and Junior Rangers. Join a bald eagle canoe tour in winter.

Other Nearby Attractions


Key North Shore Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 8 AM. No radios or generators are allowed during quiet hours.
  2. Fires are only allowed in established fire rings.
  3. Dogs must be leashed and attended. Must be confined to vehicle or tent at night from 10 PM to 6 AM.

North Shore Campgrounds

Millerton Lake is 20 miles northeast of Fresno via Highway 41 and Highway 145. The lake is part of the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area. Millerton's 4,900 surface acres are popular for boating, waterskiing, fishing, and swimming. Summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees. Many trails around the lake are used by hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers.

North Shore Campgrounds are across the lake from the marina and main launch ramps, but there is also a launch ramp within the array of campgrounds. The campgrounds include Rocky Point, Mono, Fort Miller, Dumas Strands, Valley Oak, and Meadows. The campgrounds have a total of 133 campsites, all of which can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. Most of the campsites have lake views and many are lakefront. Campsites have little shade. A section of campsites in the Meadows area has full hook-ups.

Reservations at North Shore Campgrounds are non-specific, which means that other than choosing between an area with hook-ups or not, you will not be able to select a specific site on your reservation. The site will be assigned to you upon arrival. Often, when the campground is not crowded, the ranger will allow campers to choose their sites.

North Shore Campground also includes 2 Group Campsites and an Equestrian Camp. Two Boat-in Campgrounds are found along the lake's shore.

North Shore Campground Basics
North Shore Campgrounds Location: 47597 Road 145, off Hwy. 145, Friant
Elevation: 580 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Fresno - 20 miles
Number of Sites: 133
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer; fee for additional vehicles if space allows
Pets: On leash, always attended
North Shore Campground: (559) 822-2225

Reservations at North Shore Campgrounds
Reservations available year-round
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival.
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 36 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: both hook-up and non hook-up sites available
Restrooms, group sites, picnic areas
Fees: Standard sites - $30 per night ($35 on holiday weekends)
Hook-up sites - $40 per night ($50 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Millerton Lake Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon;
park gate closes at 10:00 PM; Security Gate Access Code can be found on your reservation confirmation letter.

North Shore Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage locker; some sites with full hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Campground Map: North Shore Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Attractions near North Shore Campgrounds: Take to the water at Millerton Lake for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Try Millerton Lake's hiking trails. Stop by at Buzzard's Roost Viewpoint. Head over to Winchell Cove Marina for boat rentals. Find Millerton Lake's designated swim areas and tour historic Millerton Courthouse. Then drive up the road to Table Mountain Casino.


Millerton Lake Boat-in Campgrounds

Two boat-in campgrounds are found at Millerton Lake: Temperance Flat and North Finegold. Register for the campsites at the south shore park entrance. Campsites have vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.
Information: (559) 822-2332

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.

Group Campsites

Millerton Lake offers 2 very attractive group campsites. One campsite can accommodate between 9 and 75 people and 25 vehicles. The other site is for between 9 and 40 people along with 15 vehicles. Facilities include shaded cooking and eating areas.
Fees: $200 and $150 per night
Reservations: Millerton Lake Group Campground Reservations

Group campground, Millerton Lake, CA

Group Campground

Millerton Lake Equestrian Campsites

The equestrian campsite at Millerton Lake is located, near the Valley Oak and Meadows campgrounds. It includes a single campsite with lake views, a large, flat parking area, and several corrals. For information, contact the park: (559) 822-2332

Meadows campground, Millerton Lake, CA

Meadows Campground

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