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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.

Good for kids at least the first half.

15 days ago

The river was beautiful! It took us about 4 hours to complete the hike and we would definitely do it again. Great if you just want to get out for a few hours and it was a good mix of incline and coasting.

The trails ends. Has anyone ever completed the trail without coming across the clumpy soil?

1 month ago

We had a great time today. We only walked to the bridge and back. My 5 year old and twin 3 yr olds did great.! It was a quick in & out for the littles.!

I have to do this hike in the spring. Great October hike but green grass in spring would be awesome.

We didn't quite finish because We had our 4 & 8 year old with us who were troopers. Turned around after 1.25 hours in not realizing it was a loop. Awesome trail!!

nice trail. water not too cold. deep enough to jump of rocks.

Great hike on well maintained trail.

lots to see. good view of the lake. adequate amounts of shade. not good for small kids

Good trail and I did not hear a single rattlesnake. FYI. The map lead me to outside a fenced in area. This requires a $12 entry fee to millerton lake.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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.

Great Hike & Beautiful view once you reach the top.

4 months ago

Nice view, good warm up for the pincushion.

Awesome, steady hike with varied uphill terrain and a gorgeous view across the bridge of the gorge. Good visible trail.

trail running
4 months ago

5 months ago

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.