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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.

trail running
6 days ago

Great trail run to prepare for spartan races. Do a few laps and you are ready for a beast!

10 days ago

Great view but comes at a STEEP price! Lol. It’s a good workout but manageable

We went during the week when hardly anyone was there and it was great. The weather was nice, and the air was clear. I brought some sandwiches and juice to have a picnic on the rocks near the end of the trail close to the marina. The crows were a little intimidating but otherwise fine. I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a super easy hike!

Uphill was hard for me as a beginner.

Came here for the first time Christmas Eve of 2015 in the wee hours of the morning! It was the first time for me, and I complained along the way (I was just discharged from the hospital), but it was so worth the hike up! Coming back down was much faster!

trail running
14 days ago

Did the SJRT50K ultramarathon hosted by Fleet Feet Sports out of Fresno. We started at Finegold campground and did a 16 miles out and back. There was also a 100k going on too for those brave souls. The 50k had over 5,000ft of gain with spectacular views of the Millerton Lake crossing 2 bridges. Will definately do this race next year.

Great view from the top!

Hiked it yesterday and was surprised to still see so many tarantulas out. Also lots of free range cattle out and about. They mostly ran when they heard us. The trial itself was moderate and took us about 2.5 hours after passing the bridge.

18 days ago

I hiked this trail on Thanksgiving day, 2017. The trail was well maintained and easy to follow for the most part. It is very steep in the beginning and at the end of the trail.

The waterfall was dried up when I went, I'm going to come back during the spring to hopefully see that in action.

I'd estimate my time up at about 45 minutes and about 20 minutes on the way down.

20 days ago

Great morning hike and close to Fresno/Clovis.

This was a fun and pretty easy trail. I didn’t care for the $10 parking fee but if it helps to keep the trails in this good is condition it was worth it. We took sandwiches and picnicked on the shoreline rocks. We got to see the promised local wildlife. We saw a bobcat as we first began the trail and several very interesting and noisy large birds, but, the animals we saw the most of were tarantulas. They were fine and easy to go around but my daughter will never go on this trail again.

Loved it! Very steep but your reworded at the top... beautiful.

Beautiful views and a lot of unique spots to stop and have a picnic.

Great trail for horse/mule. Just rode 13 Nov 2017 and cleared fallen trees on trail. Open and ready to ride.

The hike was awesome!! Would definitely do this hike again! There were fat oh tarantulas!!! It says dog are okay on leash, but only by the little park area only. Got lost for a bit too. Lol!!! A lesson we’ll learned!!

Nice trail close to Fresno were you can bring your dogs. The wildflowers are nice in the spring.