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Location and Access

Horse Creek Campground is situated in the Kaweah Lake State Recreation Area, which is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada near the town of Three Rivers, California. The area is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Kaweah Lake, also known as Lake Kaweah, is formed by the Terminus Dam on the Kaweah River.

Campsites and Facilities

The campground offers a range of campsites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. The sites are typically equipped with a picnic table and a fire ring. The campground facilities often include restrooms, potable water, showers, and sometimes a dump station. Sites may be available both with and without electric hookups.

Recreational Activities

Kaweah Lake State Recreation Area provides various outdoor activities, including:

  • Boating and Water Sports: The lake is a popular spot for boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing. There are boat launch facilities available for visitors.
  • Fishing: Anglers can fish for species such as large-mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.
  • Hiking: There are trails in the vicinity for hikers to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is rich in wildlife, offering opportunities to see a diverse array of birds and animals.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations for Horse Creek Campground can usually be made in advance through the Corps of Engineers or a designated reservation system. There will be a fee associated with camping, and it can vary based on the type of site and amenities chosen. It is recommended to check the most up-to-date reservation and fee information before planning your trip.

Peak Season and Weather

The peak season for camping at Horse Creek Campground is typically during the warmer months when the lake levels are high enough for recreational use. Weather in the Sierra Nevada foothills can be hot in the summer, with temperatures cooling down in the evenings.

Important Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Restrictions: Depending on the time of year and fire danger levels, there may be restrictions on open fires or charcoal grills.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.
  • Alcohol and Smoking Policies: There may be regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol and smoking, particularly during high fire danger periods.
  • Quiet Hours: Campgrounds usually enforce quiet hours to ensure a peaceful environment for all guests.

Local Attractions

The campground is a great base for exploring this area of California:

  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: The entrance to these renowned national parks is just up the road. Visitors can explore giant sequoia groves, mountain scenery, and diverse wildlife.
  • Three Rivers: This nearby community offers restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions, including local art galleries.

Preparation and Tips

  • Wildlife Precautions: Store food securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Water Safety: Lake and river water levels can fluctuate, and currents can be strong, so exercise caution when swimming or boating.
  • Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.

When planning your trip to Horse Creek Campground in Kaweah Lake State Recreation Area, it's important to review the latest information provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or local park management for any changes to operations, rules, or guidelines.

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