Rancheria Campground

Huntington Lake

Huntington Lake

Rancheria Campground, Huntington Lake, Sierra National Forest, CA

Rancheria Campground in April

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Southern California Edison Company operates a series of lakes which provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor recreation. The lakes include Lake Thomas A. Edison, Florence Lake, Huntington Lake, and Shaver Lake. Campers at Rancheria Campground at Huntington Lake find fishing and boating nearby.

Key Rancheria Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears by storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times.
  3. Fires must be in provided fire rings.

Rancheria Campground

Rancheria Campground sits on the eastern end of Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Visitors to Huntington Lake enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking into the nearby Kaiser Wilderness. Along the lakeshore are resorts, cafes, stores, marinas, boat launch ramps, and picnic areas. Rancheria Marina is on the other side of the inlet from the campground.

With 125 campsites, Rancheria Campground is the largest campground at the lake. Many of the campsites have lake views. Some of the 58 tent-only sites require a short walk. Some of those are lakefront, offering campers the opportunity to moor their boats next to their camps. Previous campers caution that lakefront sites can be windy.

The rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. A large number of campsites are designated as wheelchair accessible, including site #58 which is virtually lakefront. A dense forest of pine and fir offers plenty of shade to the campsites. Rancheria Campground also has 3 Small Group Campsites.

There is a minimum 2-night stay on weekends and 3 nights on holiday weekends. Before entering a campsite, campers are asked to check in at the Eastwood CLM office located at the east end of Huntington Lake.

Rancheria Campground Basics
Rancheria Campground Location: Off Highway 168 on the east side of Huntington Lake
Elevation: 7,000 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 66 miles
Campground Open: June through October
Number of Sites: 125
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 or 2, ($7 fee for 2nd vehicle)
Pets: On leash, always attended
High Sierra Ranger District: (559) 855-5355

Reservations at Rancheria Campground
Reservations Recommended: Mid-May through mid-September
Booking Window: Reservations can be made for most sites from 1 day up to 6 months in advance of arrival date. Tent-only electric sites are from 4 days up to 6 months.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: #6, 9, 15, 29, 31, 34, 35, 37, 39, 54, 56, 58, 60, 67-69, 81-84, 86
Granite small group site
Favorite campsites: #11, 20, 28, 38, 65, 113
Fees: $33 per night ($35 on holiday weekends)
Reservations: Rancheria Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Rancheria Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, grills, campfire rings; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets and vault toilets, piped water, amphitheater
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Rancheria Campground: Enjoy interpretive programs at the amphitheater during summer. Huntington Lake is popular for fishing, swimming, kayaking, boating, waterskiing, and sailing.
Visit Lakeshore Resort which has a marina and boat rentals along with lodging, restaurant, saloon, and store.
Local hiking trails include Rancheria Falls (1 mile), Indian Pools (1 mile) and Black Point (.7 miles).
Take a trail ride with D & F Pack Station
At the west end of lake tour Billy Creek Guard Station Museum which provides historical overviews of Huntington Lake, Native Americans and the Forest Service.

Rancheria Campground Group Campsites

Rancheria Campground has 3 small group, tent-only campsites - Granite, Jeffrey Pine, and White Pine. Each campsite can accommodate up to 18 people and 6 vehicles. The sites have electric and water hook-ups. A maximum of 10 tents are allowed at each campsite. Granite campsite is set up for handicapped use, but if the other two sites have been taken, non-handicapped people may reserve the site. White Pine campsite is close to the lake. Reservations are required any time the campground is open. On the reservation website, the 3 group sites are designated as Tent Only Electric.
Fee: $94 per night
Reservations: Rancheria Campground Group Campsite Reservations

General Camping Information

Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the reservation site when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite. Opening dates for campgrounds may vary as they are often dependent on weather conditions.

Campground reservations become available 6 months in advance of arrival date.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate

Rancheria Campground map, Sierra National Forest, CA
map of campground locations at Huntington Lake, including Rancheria Campground, Sierra National Forest, CA


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