Millerton Lake South Shore Via Blue Oak Trail

EASY 31 reviews

Millerton Lake South Shore Via Blue Oak Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Friant, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.5 miles
269 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



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The easy South Shore trail is the best hike. The scenic portion starts at South Bay Picnic Area and is 2 mile 1-way. Almost at the exact geographic middle of California, Millerton Lake State Recreational Area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno. Many people stop by the park on their way to the famous Yosemite National Park. The lake's cool blue water offers a pleasant escape from the summer heat of the central valley. The park is dominated by the massive lake and popular among water sport enthusiasts and boaters. There are some hiking opportunities and the best hike is the flat and accessible South Shore trail. Also called Winchell Ridge Trail,the easy and smooth hike offers unobstructed, spectacular view of the lake. The multi-use trail is very family friendly for both hiking & biking. It starts at the Blue Oak Picnic Area, follows the contours of Winchell Bay and ends at the Marina at Winchell Bay. The first two miles run parallel to the road and therefore not very interesting, hence most people start at the South Bay Picnic Area. From South Bay Picnic Area to the Marina is about 2 mile one way and 4 mile round trip. Almost the entire trail hugs the shoreline, visitors have good opportunities catching a glimpse of the bald eagle soaring over the blue lake as well as other water fowls. The trail is constructed on rolling hill with grassland, chaparral and oak woodland environments. The hills are green in the spring and fall from rain and brown in the dry hot summer.

18 days ago

Beautiful in the summer and the winter. Can get very cold and blustery though!

18 days ago

Great for family. Kids loved exploring

nature trips
20 days ago

Nice walk around the south shore. Trail is mostly flat and well-maintained. Lots of pit toilets located throughout the trail. Trail users were a bald eagle sightseeing group, a few mountain bikers, some joggers, and a few hikers. It’s a good winter hike but I imagine summer hikes could be brutal due to heat, ticks, and rattlesnakes. One minor annoyance...if the trail signs says no dogs, then why do people think the rules do not apply to them????

Great Sunday afternoon hike. There were plenty of overlooks and places to stray along the trail. It’s perfect for a family outing!

8 months ago

Couldn’t enter the park since the gate to pay was broken. Was told we could pay at the Friant Park and then call the marina after they opened 2 hours later to let them know we had paid but they may not honor it. Why would we pay and sit and wait with the chance that we wouldn’t be able to get in. Very disappointed since we were really looking forward to this hike.

9 months ago

First time visiting, my husband thought he’d surprise me and take me on a nice walk surrounded by what i love...nature, first I was a bit disappointed only because it looked so flat but as we began to walk I end up loving it, such a relaxing, beautiful walk. We took our 2 boys, 3 and 6 years old we all enjoyed this trail.

11 months ago

Had a great time on this trail. I imagine it would be very hot in the summer, but today it was just beautiful, with my niece and 2 dogs. It was easy for me , for being my first hike after double knee replacement. I would do it again.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

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!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Super easy hike, and the weather was great. The trail took us about 45 minutes each way to do. There's great scenery of the lake and places to stop and relax and enjoy the water.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Monday, June 12, 2017

Perfect for kids

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This a a great afternoon trail. Beautiful in the late afternoon when the sun sets. The dog always has a blast and it's a very pretty short hike to get some quick exercise in!!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Took the hike this morning it was beautiful, very quiet early in the morning. Weather was perfect this was my first hike and I have to admit I loved it!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

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