Visitors to the Pine Flat Lake area enjoy a pretty mountain setting, a sparkling lake, and great recreation opportunities. Those who camp at nearby Island Park Campground are close to the water's edge and all the lake's main attractions.
Pine Flat Lake rests among beautiful oak covered hills, attracting boaters, campers, hikers, and anglers.
Find a 20-mile-long lake to explore by boat.
Take advantage of boat ramps, a marina, fishing, water skiing, and sailing.
Find nearby places for hiking and mountain biking.
Fishing is good for bass, rainbow trout, chinook and kokanee salmon, catfish, bluegill, and crappie.
Attend weekly summer interpretive programs at Island Park Amphitheater.
School groups can arrange a reservation for tours of the dam.
Whitewater rafting is available upstream on the Kings River.
Island Park Campground is on the shore of Pine Flat Lake, 35 miles east of Fresno in the Sierra foothills. The lake is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. With a mixture of oak and pine on the surrounding hills, Pine Flat has much more the feel of a mountain lake than nearby Millerton Lake. Visitors to Pine Flat Lake enjoy exploring its winding waterways by boat, waterskiing and fishing. The lake has several launch ramps and two marinas.
Island Park Campground is the most popular of the camping destinations around the lake. The campground is located on an island-like peninsula on the north shore. Nearby is Lakeview Recreation Area. The campground has 97 campsites. Forty-four of them in an overflow area are less appealing than those in the main campground.
Twenty-five sites in the main Island Park Campground have electrical hook-ups; 15 sites are for tents only. Most sites may be reserved, but several are set aside for first-come, first served use. The campground gate closes at 10 PM and entry is not permitted again until 8 AM. Exit is allowed at any time.
Walk along the Blue Oak Interpretive Nature Trail. Attend weekly summer interpretive programs. Visit the Pine Flat Lake Marina for boat rentals, launch ramps, boating, and fishing, Find a convenient fish cleaning station. Enjoy hiking on local trails.
General Camping Information for
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.
Two group campsites are located close to Island Park Campground at Pine Flat Lake - Blue Oak and Buckeye. The lakefront sites can each accommodate up to 80 people and up to 20 vehicles. Amenities include covered picnic tables, group fire circles and cook areas. The playground, sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pit and day use area located adjacent to the Buckeye Group Campsite are for the use of both the Blue Oak and Buckeye occupants. Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 12 months before arrival date.
Fees: $100 per night
Reservations: Group Campsite Reservations