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Eastman Lake Day Use Areas

Length of Stay: Day Use Only
Number of Sites: N/A
Reservation Phone Number: 559-689-3255 Eastman Lake
Reservation Status: Required for Group Site Only Picnicking

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General Description

Eastman Lake is the result of the Buchanan Dam on the Chowchilla River
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Eastman Lake is the result of the Buchanan Dam on the Chowchilla River
Eastman Lake with a water surface area of 1,780 acres is nestled in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills surrounded by grasslands and blue oaks. The area's mild climate along with the park's developed facilities attract visitors year-round. A good place to acquaint oneself with the area is by stopping at the visitor center, open Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 3 PM. An audiovisual program, displays and brochures are available to visitors. Group tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling the park office.

Boating is permitted all year. The body of the lake provides plenty of space for waterskiing, sailing, and pleasure boating. Launch ramps are located in the Chowchilla and Codorniz recreation areas. Certain parts of the lake have speed and closure restrictions. The Chowchilla River north of the lake is closed to all water recreation.

Eastman Lake has been designated as California's first Trophy Bass Fishery by the California Department of Fish and Game. Anglers may keep only one bass with a minimum length of 22". There is also a cumulative limit of 25 pan fish. Whether you are a beginner or an old pro, the lake offers a challenging fishing opportunity. Species include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Rainbow trout are planted during the winter months.

The Chowchilla area provides for a variety of recreation activities. Included are picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, volleyball, and horseshoe pits. Restrooms are available. The Monument Ridge area has a softball diamond, picnic tables and portable restrooms. Hunting is permitted in the wildlife management area in accordance with California Hunting Regulations. Game may be taken with shotguns or bow. Equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers enjoy the trails at Eastman Lake including the 4.0-mile Lakeview Hiking Trail. This multi-use trail follows the Chowchilla River Canyon and is accessible throughout the year. It stretches between Eastman Lake's group camps to approximately 5 miles north of the town of Raymond along Green Mountain Road. Spectacular lake scenery, beautiful blue oak forest, and native wildlife viewing are the rewards of this trek.

Closest supplies including fuel are located 20 miles away.

Directions from Chowchilla, CA: Follow Avenue 26 east to Road 29. Turn left and follow Road 29 north to the park.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Usage Fee Call for Current Fee
Group Site Fee Call for Current Fee Pavilion

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: REWARD 8Lb black bass and some three pounders . fish are in thirtyfive foot of water. lunch on the day use side. use half ounce jigs in brown purple or brown green
Conditions: conditions are good.
Water Availability: treated water all you can use.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Eastman Lake
ICON Camping Eastman Lake
ICON Fishing Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish, Rainbow Trout
ICON Games & Play Eastman Lake
ICON Group Picnicking Eastman Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Lakeview Hiking Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Lakeview Hiking Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Lakeview Hiking Trail
ICON Viewing Interpretive Exhibits Eastman Lake
ICON Picnicking Eastman Lake
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Eastman Lake
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Eastman Lake
ICON Waterskiing & Other Water Sports Eastman Lake

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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