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Description - In addition to providing power to Southern California, Huntington Lake also serves as a popular recreation area for a number of activities. Some of those attractions include camping, hiking, picnicking, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, and scenic driving.

The main summer season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, after which many of the resorts and businesses close. Some facilities do remain open year round. Several Regattas are held each summer on the lake. The regattas are regulated by permit to allow adequate opportunity for individual boaters to use the lake.

Attractions - Huntington Lake Recreation Area, located at 7,000 feet elevation in the Sierra National Forest, is a two-hour drive east of Fresno via State Highway 168. Huntington Lake is one of the reservoirs in the Big Creek Hydroelectric system developed by Southern California Edison Company. The lake is four miles long by one-half mile wide and has 14 miles of shoreline.

There are several scenic drives around Huntington Lake. One is the Kaiser Pass Road. It starts at the Eastwood Information Station and continues out on forest road 80 to Florence and Edison Lakes. Trailers and RV's are not recommended on this road. The other scenic drive is Stump Springs Road. This trip allows the visitor to see the working part of the forest. The trip starts in the town of Big Creek and follows the San Joaquin River drainage around to the Kaiser Pass Road. Views from this road include Mammoth Pool Reservoir, the Minarets, and the Ritter Ranges.

Recreation - There is a boat launch on the lake, but a fee is charged for parking your vehicle and trailer in the parking lot.

There are several day hikes in the Huntington Lake area. Rancheria Falls trailhead is on the south side of the lake. You will find the trailhead one mile south of the Eastwood Information Station and one mile up the Bear Butte Road. Indian Pools starts at the east end of the parking lot at Sierra Summit. The trail follows the shores of Big Creek. Black Point and Mushroom Rock's trailhead is located six miles west of Huntington Lake

Climate - Weather conditions in the Sierra National Forest vary locally with elevation and exposure. Weather changes more rapidly and severely in the Forest's higher elevations. In general, temperatures in the Sierras drop three degrees with each 1000' of elevation gain.

Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Snowpack above 8000' can be 25 fee in the winter. 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. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Huntington Lake Recreation Area is a two-hour drive east of Fresno via State Highway 168. The recreation area is located in the Pineridge Ranger District.


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Filed By: Marvin Megolith (Chapped, USA, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: 35-80 pound Chinooks. THE CA record is held at HL, 133 pounder caught on 12pound test. anglers should expect to be dragged into the water daily by the mega-fish. Genetically engineered probably, they have this orange-yellow tint in their guts when you clean them.... and they bite dry flies!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Huntington Lake is the schiznit. You peeps have no idea what you are talking aboout, and that is good because you'll be sitting in your campsite while I'm still sailing and you'll be bored in a rented cabin or campsite while I'm hiking or cliff jumping, and my bros and I will be drinking beer around a huge fire while you will be whining about starting a fire...H.L. loc for 28 years and counting...beat it.

Filed By: Cdog
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Huntington Lake is the schiznit. You peeps have no idea what you are talking aboout, and that is good because you'll be sitting in your campsite while I'm still sailing and you'll be bored in a rented cabin or campsite while I'm hiking or cliff jumping, and my bros and I will be drinking beer around a huge fire while you will be whining about starting a fire...H.L. loc for 28 years and counting...beat it.

Filed By: Michelle
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We stayed at Huntingont Lake August 2002 and loved it. One of the most gorgeous camping spots I've stayed at, and that says something coming from an Australian as we love our outdoors and camping. Had to remember to lock all food in the trunk of the car due to the brown bear factor but I still managed to sleep at night. Great sailing, great weather and worth a drive to the hot springs as well.

Filed By: my name
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: To the webmaster- please do not remove this message again- it meets all of the requirements given, and to do so is irresponsible for the saftey of others. Stump springs road is not appropriate for most drivers or vehicles- while it is open to the public, it is VERY narrow, VERY windy, and often has logging trucks running on it in both directions. Unless you know what you are doing, I wouldn't suggest trying it. It is not really any more appropriate for four-wheel-drive vehicles, either, by the way. Many cars and motorhomes have burned up their brakes coming down it. Huntington is nice, but stay on highway 168!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Huntington lake is nice enough- but stay on Highway 168. 'Stump Springs' road isn't much wider than a single small car, but has traffic in both directions. For most of it, there is not enough room for two cars at once- one has to back up to a wide spot to let the other pass. It also regularly carries logging trucks (thus a 'working' forest)and other vehicles, and is VERY steep and is VERY windy (lots of curves, many of which are 'blind corners', so you can't see what is coming the other direction. It is really common to see those who have driven it, pulled off the road with burned-up brakes!!! Please, for your safety and that of others, do not attempt to drive it unless you really know what you are getting into!!

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More Information

Contact Information:
Pineridge Ranger District, P.O. Box 559 , Prather, CA, 93651, Phone: 559-855-5360, TTY: 559-855-5367

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.
Pineridge Ranger District - This ranger district, located in the central portion of the forest features three wilderness areas and numerous lakes that offer excellent boating, water skiing, and fishing. There are numerous hiking and OHV trails to provide land recreation.

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