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Camping at Pine Flat Lake Park

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Location and Access

Pine Flat Lake Park, located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is situated about 35 miles east of Fresno. Access to the park is typically via car, with parking available at various points near the recreational areas.

Camping Options

Pine Flat Lake Park offers various camping opportunities, including:

  • Developed Campgrounds: These may offer amenities like running water, picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms, and possibly electrical hookups.
  • Group Camping: Certain areas may be designated for large groups, but these typically require advance reservations.
  • Dispersed Camping: In some areas, visitors might be allowed to camp outside designated campsites. However, this should be confirmed with the local regulations.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: For developed campgrounds, reservations are often recommended, especially during peak season. These can be made through the recreation.gov website or by calling their reservation line.
  • Fees: Camping fees vary depending on the site and amenities offered. Daily use fees might also be required for day-use areas.

Camping Season

The prime camping season at Pine Flat Lake Park usually extends from late spring to early fall. Some campgrounds may be open year-round, while others may close during off-peak seasons due to weather conditions or maintenance.


Campgrounds at Pine Flat Lake Park may feature:

  • Restroom facilities
  • Showers
  • Potable water
  • Dump stations for RVs
  • Boat launch ramps
  • Swimming areas
  • Hiking trails
  • Fishing access

Safety and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Fire restrictions may be in place, especially during high fire danger periods. Always follow local regulations regarding campfires and barbecues.
  • Wildlife: Store food properly to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Fishing: A valid California fishing license is required for anglers aged 16 and older.
  • Boating: Boaters must comply with California boating laws and safety requirements.


Visitors to Pine Flat Lake Park can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as:

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Water sports
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Picnicking

Contact Information

Prior to visiting Pine Flat Lake Park, it's a good idea to check the latest information, which can be obtained from:

  • Pine Flat Lake Park Office: Contact for current conditions, fire dangers, and any specific queries about your planned activities.
  • Official Website: Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for Pine Flat Lake for up-to-date information on campground statuses, reservation details, and alerts.

Remember to always check for current conditions and any alerts or changes in regulations prior to your trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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