Upper Kings River Group Campground

Wishon Reservoir


Wishon Reservoir


Upper Kings River Group Campground, Wishon Reservoir, CA

Upper Kings River Group Campground

High Sierra Lakes Attractions

Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation operates Courtright and Wishon reservoirs. The two lakes are part of PG&E's hydroelectric facilities. Groups staying at Upper Kings River Group Campground are close to fishing along the river below the dam.

  • Take kayaks or canoes out on the waters of Wishon Reservoir.
  • Test your skill fishing for brown trout at Courtright and Wishon reservoirs.
  • Take advantage of the fishing platforms along the Kings River below the dam.
  • If time allows, make the drive to some of the other nearby mountain lakes in the area:
  • Head south to Black Rock Reservoir.
  • From Courtright Reservoir, hike out the trail to Maxson Meadow or to Cliff Lake.
  • Go 4-wheeling from the Maxson Trailhead out the Dusy-Ershim trail and camp at Voyager Rock Camping area.
  • Set out on a trail ride with D & F Pack Station at Huntington Lake or Shaver Stable at Shaver Lake, or take an extended pack trip with High Sierra Pack Station at Lake Thomas A. Edison.
  • Visit China Peak for scenic chair lift rides, mountain biking, disc golf, and more
  • Visit the beautiful McKinley Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Key Upper Kings River Group Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and attended at all times in the campground.
  2. Campfires must be confined to the provided fire ring.
  3. Quiet time extends from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
  4. Avoid bringing in invasive pests by obtaining firewood locally.

Upper Kings River Group Campground

Upper Kings River Group Campground sits along the Kings River near the base of the dam at Wishon Reservoir in the Sierra National Forest. The campground is operated by PG&E. Wishon Reservoir is popular for fishing and boating. Only a short walk from the group campground are a number of wheelchair accessible fishing platforms along the Kings River. These platforms make the campground a great choice for anglers with mobility difficulties or for supervised small children who want to fish. With a 15 MPH speed limit, Wishon Reservoir is popular for paddling kayaks, canoes and rafts. Trails lead into the John Muir wildernesses. From Shaver Lake it is a 29-mile drive to Wishon Reservoir.

Upper Kings River Group Campground has 5 campsites which form a single group campground for up to 50 people. Each of the 5 campsites has 2 picnic tables, a fire ring, a lantern holder, and pads for 3 tents. There is a central food service area with 2 food preparation tables, 2 BBQ grills, and a food storage building. The group site also has a large fire ring with 10 benches. There is a 2-night minimum stay.

Upper Kings River Group Campground Basics
Upper Kings River Group Campground Location: McKinley Grove Road to Wishon Reservoir, then right on side road leading down to the foot of the dam.
Elevation: 6,200 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: Fresno - 79 miles
Campground Open: June through late October
Number of Sites: 1
Max. People per Site: 50 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: not indicated
Pets: On leash, always attended, $2 per night
Information: High Sierra Ranger District:
(559) 855-5355
PG&E Upper Kings Campground: (559) 841-2705

Reservations at Upper Kings River Group Campground
Reservations Available Late May through early September
Booking Window: See PG&E's Reservation Information below
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: Campground is wheelchair accessible
Fees: $200 per night
Reservations: Upper Kings Group Campground Reservations
or (916) 386-5164
(+$20 reservation fee)
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 11:00 AM

Upper Kings River Group Campground Amenities
Campsite amenities: Picnic table, fire pit with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Upper Kings Group Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Wishon Village
Attractions near Upper Kings River Group Campground: Try your luck from the Kings River fishing platforms near the campground, Enjoy Wishon Reservoir for boating and fishing. Wishon Village RV Resort operates a small marina with boat rentals. Try Hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding on local trails. Discover Spanish OHV Route.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Campground Reservation Information

Beginning February 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for a full week or more (7-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

Starting March 6, 2017, at 8:00 AM, group and individual campsites may be reserved for partial weeks and weekends (2-day minimum, 14-day maximum) within the campground's reservation season.

All PG&E campgrounds, including those with reservations available, also have some first-come, first-serve sites.

Upper Kings River fishing platform, Wishon Reservoir, CA

Upper Kings River Fishing Platform

Map of campgrounds at Courtright Reservoir and Wishon Reservoir, including Upper Kings River Group Campground, CA

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