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Millerton Lake is a Reservoir in Fresno, California.

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Millerton Lake is a lake near the town of Friant in Fresno County and Madera County, California, about 15 miles north of downtown Fresno, United States. It is formed by Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River. Part of the Central Valley Project, the dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and was completed in 1942.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing in Millerton Lake is open year round for largemouth bass, striped bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, crappie, bluegill and other species.

Fishing Cover / Structure: 

The shoreline habitat provides hiding places for an abundance of bass and catfish.

Recreational Activities: 

The Squaw Leap Area is located at the upper portion of Millerton Lake and is accessed through the town of Auberry, CA. The area is managed by BLM with trail heads for the San Joaquin trail. The trail leads through chaparral uplands with mountain lilac, manzanita, mahogany and many shrubs and annual wildflowers. The trails leading from Squaw Leap Area include a 6 mile loop through the northern portion of the recreation area and a 4 mile trail connecting to the San Joaquin River Trail. Interpretive nature trails and cultural information is available.

Facilities and Parks: 

South Shore. The La Playa day use area on the South Shore is located on a hilly promontory with picnic tables, including two accessibly designed tables on a flat surface overlooking the lake. Tables are on dirt surfaces so usability is affected by wet weather.

Restroom. Accessible restroom with adjacent accessible parking is provided.

Grange Grove. Two group picnic areas at Grange Grove, South Shore, have two accessible tables at each site. Restrooms are accessible. Routes of travel are generally accessible. A large parking lot includes ample designated accessible parking.

Crows NestThere is an accessible designed picnic area with accessible restroom and parking.

South Finegold Day Use Area. There is an accessible picnic area with accessible restroom and parking.

Camping: 

Meadow Campground. Accessible restroom, shower and parking available by campsite #91. RV sites with hook-ups are dispersed around a paved loop, and four RV sites are generally accessible. Usable restrooms and restrooms with showers are available throughout the other campground loops. Some designated accessible parking is adjacent to restrooms.

Campfire Center. The campfire center is located at the north shore on a usable path of travel with space for two wheelchairs. Two accessible parking spaces are also provided.

Group Camps. Accessible restroom, shower and parking are provided.

Boat Ramp: 

Boat ramp near Meadow Campground.

Wildlife: 

Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles.

Address: 

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
5290 Millerton Road
Friant, CA 93626
(559) 822-2332

Directions to Lake: 

The area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno via Highway 41 and Highway 145.

Name: 
Millerton Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Fresno
State: 
California
Country: 
United States
Surface area: 
4900.00
Maximum depth: 
319ft
Standard elevation: 
171
Latitude: 
37.0253
Longitude: 
-119.657