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Pine Flat Lake provides flood control, irrigation and recreation to the San Joaquin Valley
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Pine Flat Lake provides flood control, irrigation and recreation to the San Joaquin Valley
Description - Pine Flat Lake provides recreation opportunities for hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Pine Flat Dam is an impressive structure, which impounds the waters of the Kings River. Construction of the 429-foot tall dam was completed in 1954. Today, Pine Flat continues to provide flood control and irrigation benefits to the San Joaquin Valley. A hydroelectric plant was completed in 1984. At maximum capacity, the lake holds 1,000,000-acre feet of water.

Attractions - Pine Flat Lake provides an array of outdoor recreation opportunities. Group dam tours and ranger programs can be scheduled by calling the park office. There are three public campgrounds at Pine Flat Lake, all suitable for RV and tent camping. Organized groups may enjoy Island Park Group Campground. Campground reservations accepted.

There are two commercial marinas on the lake located at the Deer Creek and Trimmer recreation areas. These offer boat and slip rentals, gasoline, camping, and fishing supplies. Boat launching ramps ($) are available at the Deer Creek, Island Park, Lakeview and Trimmer recreation areas. The lake offers a variety of gamefish, including large and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rainbow trout, king (chinook) and kokanee salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Anglers can fish for native rainbow trout in the upper Kings River. The lower Kings River below Pine Flat Dam is planted weekly and managed as a put and take fishery.

Sightseers can enjoy scenic views of the lake from Trimmer Springs Road and the observation area at the dam. Picnic facilities are also available. Below the dam, the shady banks of the Kings River offer picnic sites and streamside walking trails.

Leashed pets are permitted. Golden Age and Golden Access passports are accepted for a 50% discount on single unit fees.

Recreation - Pine Flat Lake is attractive to boaters, campers, picnickers, hikers, water-skiers, sightseers, anglers, and more.

Climate - Weather conditions around Pine Flat Lake vary with elevation and exposure. Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. Layered clothing and rain gear is advisable.

Location - Pine Flat Lake is located 35 miles east of Fresno in the oak covered foothills of the Sierra Nevada.


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Filed By: Dale M. (Bakersfield, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Benson's Resort is a place were I bring my family every year the Cove bar and Grill is great. We RV out and the kids love getting their ice cream at the mini mart those people there sure are great. Thanks again for a clean and healthy family place.

Filed By: Abby Lane (piedra, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to get a hot meal while still enjoying the outdoors. The people were friendly and we were able to get fishing bait and ice for our outing. Great expreince hope to go again.

Filed By: ddortch ddortch (piedra, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Bensens resort is filthy unkept and the rooms are dirty leaking pipes mold on the ceiling with numerous areas of high grass and filthy restrooms the restraunt should not even be licenced to serve food or drink very pricey and unkept

Filed By: Tina
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: LOVE PINE FLAT HAVE BEEN GOING FOR YEARS-STAY AWAY FROM TRIMMER THEY MOVED THE MARINA BACK THIS YEAR AND CAMPING IS ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVE-WE LOST OUR LITTLE HIDE AWAY-STAYED AT ISLAND PARK AND WAS VERY HAPPY.ITS ALOT CLOSER TO THE I FORGOT IT STORE-O YA BY THE WAY HELMETS ARE THE NEW FAD FOR THE WAKEBOARDERS THIS YEAR--SO GEAR UP AND WELL SEE YA ON THE WATER.

Filed By: Monika (Baldwin Park, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been going to Pine Flat since I was a year old, my family has gone there for generations. Stop by Doyal's Store on your way up. I've been to other lakes in many states, this still is my favourite!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I go to this lake every summer and spend the night and it is beautiful!!! I would definatly recommend it

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More Information

Contact Information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pine Flat Lake, P.O. Box 117 , Piedra, CA, 93649-0117, Phone: 559-787-2589, Fax: 559-787-2773
, pineflat-info@spk.usace.army.mil

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Central Valley Region - California's breadbasket, the great Central Valley, stretches for 450 miles down the center of the state, from Willows to Bakersfield. This region includes culturally diverse communities, historic sites, exceptional outdoor recreation, abundant wildlife and the California Delta.
High Sierra Region -

Links:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Official agency website.

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