Millerton Lake State Recreation Area is located in the heart of California, near the southernmost end of the Mother Lode gold region. Here, where the San Joaquin River flows out of the Sierra Nevada foothills and into the Central Valley, 319- foot Friant Dam was built across the river canyon in 1944 to form Millerton Lake. With over 40 miles of shore land for water sports, this SRA offers visitors swimming, fishing, and boating. The hills surrounding the lake provide good hiking opportunities. Wildlife in the park includes ground squirrels, cottontails, mule deer, badgers and bald and golden eagles. During winter, the park has special boat tours to view the bald eagles. The lake was created by construction of the Friant Dam across the San Joaquin River in 1944. The park’s camping facilities include boat camping. The park contains the original Millerton County Courthouse, built in 1867. The area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno via Highway 41 and Highway 145. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
Been mountain biking on this trail since 1997. It's an incredibly challenging and enjoyable trail, constantly changing. It will test your skills and power. Very nice views from the summits, looking toward the high Sierras to the east and across the valley below to the west.
Elisa G. on San Joaquin River Trail
Not too bad when you live in Fresno and don't want to travel too far for a quick hike. There is a lot of cow poops. so be careful of where you step! A down fall is there are other trails with no indicators on what there names are.