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Camping at Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

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Overview of Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area is located in the heart of California, just north of Fresno. This state park offers a wealth of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and camping. With its picturesque setting and convenient location, the park is a favorite destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of California's scenic landscapes.

Camping Information


  • Reservations for campgrounds can be made in advance through California's state park reservation system.
  • It's recommended to book early, especially during peak seasons and on weekends, as sites can fill up quickly.


  • Millerton Lake offers several campgrounds with sites suitable for RVs, trailers, and tents.
  • Amenities at various campgrounds may include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire rings.
  • Some sites might offer hookups for RVs, so check specifics when you book.


  • Camping fees vary depending on the type of site and services provided.
  • There are usually additional fees for vehicles, and these can also vary by season.

Check-in and Check-out:

  • Check-in and check-out times are typically enforced to ensure a smooth transition for incoming and outgoing campers.
  • Standard times are often 2 PM for check-in and 12 PM for check-out but verify with the park at the time of booking.


  • Observe all fire safety regulations, especially during periods of high fire risk. Fires may only be allowed in designated areas.
  • All park rules, including quiet hours and maximum occupancy per site, must be adhered to.
  • Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and may not be permitted on certain trails or areas.


  • Millerton Lake State Recreation Area is equipped with boat-launching ramps for those interested in water sports.
  • There are day-use areas perfect for picnics and family gatherings.
  • Some hiking trails offer beautiful vistas of the lake and surrounding landscape.

Recreation Activities

Water Activities:

  • Boating, personal watercraft, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing are popular on the lake.
  • A California fishing license is required for anyone aged 16 or older who wishes to fish.

Land-Based Activities:

  • Hikers can enjoy trails that offer panoramic views of the Sierra Nevadas and the lake.
  • There are areas designated for bird watching and wildlife viewing since the park is home to various species.

Safety and Environmental Concerns

  • It is important to always wear life jackets when on the water.
  • Make sure to bring enough drinking water, sunscreen, and proper gear for the season.
  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize environmental impact and preserve the beauty of the area for future visitors.


  • Check the availability of accessible facilities if required. Some parks are equipped with ADA-compliant campsites and restrooms.
  • Contact the park directly or visit the official state park website for the most current information regarding facilities and services catering to visitors with disabilities.

Contact and Additional Information

  • Prior to visiting, check the official California State Parks website or contact the park directly for the most up-to-date information.
  • Alert for any advisories, such as blue-green algae blooms or park maintenance, that might affect your visit.

By being well-informed and prepared, visitors to Millerton Lake State Recreation Area can ensure a safe, enjoyable, and memorable camping experience.

Map of Campgrounds in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
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