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Best Trails in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

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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.

on San Joaquin River Trail
7 days ago

Great Hike & Beautiful view once you reach the top.

on Bifröst Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Nice view, good warm up for the pincushion.

on Pa'san Ridge Trail
1 month ago

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

on San Joaquin River Trail
1 month ago

trail running

on San Joaquin River Trail
1 month ago

hiking

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.

on Pa'san Ridge Trail
1 month ago

hiking

One of my favorite hikes. I like going down into the river afterwards. Do be careful though!

on San Joaquin River Trail
1 month ago

trail running

Great!
Up and down in less than 40min!

on San Joaquin River Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Great first time hiking to the peak. Pretty steep at certain points but not a long hike to the peak. Great views

on Buzzard's Roost Trail
2 months ago

A short nice hike. Wish it would of been longer.

on San Joaquin River Trail
3 months ago

hiking

on Pa'san Ridge Trail
3 months ago

hiking

It was easy and well maintained. Long but easy.

on San Joaquin River Trail
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views of the lake. Tons of wildflowers in spring. Only downside was there were quite a few people there.

on Pa'san Ridge Trail
4 months ago

hiking

This was a beautiful trail with gorgeous vistas throughout the entire hike. Only downside was on a good portion of the trail grass was overgrown so you had to hike through thorns. Not a major issue though.

$5 day use fee is well worth it considering the clean restrooms, awesome bridge over the river and extremely well marked trail.