Parks and Reservation Information

 

Reservations for group camping or group picnic facilities are available by phone or in person.  There are fees for overnight camping, group picnic reservations and day use.  Applications submitted in person to the Parks office, located at 2220 Tulare Street, 6th floor, must be made by 12:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to use that weekend.   All phone reservations must be made at least ten (10) days prior to use.   Reservations are taken by phone Monday through Friday at (559) 488-3004.

County Parks Locations

1leaves.gif (3370 bytes)AVOCADO LAKE PARK, located 23 miles east of Fresno via Highway 180 and Piedra Road, provides a full day-use facility complete with picnic areas, group reservation area, swimming and fishing. The park covers 210 acres, with an excellent 83-acre fishing lake.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.5 miles to Piedra Road.  Turn left on Piedra Road and drive 5.1 miles to the entrance of Avocado Lake on the left.    Parks Map

2leaves.gif (3307 bytes)CHINA CREEK PARK is located west of Centerville, 16 miles east of Fresno on Highway 180.  This undeveloped park contains 120 acres.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 16.5 miles to Centerville.  Turn right on Smith Road and drive .2 miles to Rainbow Drive.  Directly across Rainbow Drive, drive down a small road .5 miles to the gated end of the road.  Parks Map

3leaves.gif (3324 bytes)CHOINUMNI PARK, located 33 miles east of Fresno near Piedra on the Kings River, was purchased by the County in 1971.  Acquisition and development funds for the 170-acre park came from the 1964 State Park Bond Act and Federal Land and Water Conservation Act.  Day-use area and 75 overnight camping units are offered.   One group camping area is available.  Facilities include picnic sites, hiking trails, a trailer dump station and playground area.  Fishing is also available in this area.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.5 miles to Piedra Road, turn left on Piedra Road and drive 8.2 miles to where Piedra Road intersects with Trimmer Springs Road. Turn right on Trimmer Springs Road and drive one mile to Pine Flat Road.  Turn right on Pine Flat Road and go about 100 yards to the entrance of Choinumni Park on the right.  Parks Map

4leaves.gif (3331 bytes)COALINGA MINERAL SPRINGS RECREATION AREA, located 18 miles west of Coalinga off Highway 198 on Coalinga Mineral Springs Road, became a County park in 1967 when a lease agreement was signed with the Wildlife Conservation Board to provide hunting and hiking access to Bureau of Land Management lands.

From downtown Fresno, drive west on Highway 180 (Ventura Street, which will turn into California Street) 15.5 miles to Highway 145. Drive 11.5 miles to where Highway 145 turns into Highway 33. Drive 32 miles, turn left at the junction of Highway 33/198. Drive 12.4 miles on Highway 198 through the city of Coalinga to Mineral Springs Road on the right. Turn right on Mineral Springs Road and drive 5.4 miles to the end of the road and into the park.

 Parks Map

5leaves.gif (3304 bytes)FAIRFAX FISHING ACCESS, 12 miles west of Mendota on the California Aqueduct at Fairfax Avenue, offers fishing only.

From  downtown Fresno, drive west on Highway 180 (Whitesbridge Road) 34.2 miles to Belmont Avenue.   Turn left on Belmont and drive 11 miles to Fairfax Avenue.  Turn left on Fairfax Avenue and drive 2.9 miles to the Aqueduct and fishing access on the left.  Parks Map

6leaves.gif (3333 bytes)HURON FISHING ACCESS, located 3.5 miles north of Huron near Lassen Avenue, offers fishing access to the California Aqueduct.

From downtown Fresno, drive south on Freeway 41, 31 miles to Highway 198.  Drive west on Highway 198 16.3 miles to the California Aqueduct (on the left side).   Parks Map

7leaves.gif (3318 bytes)KEARNEY PARK became the County's first park when an agreement was signed with the Regents of the University of California in 1949.  The 225-acre park, located on Kearney Boulevard seven miles west of Fresno, is a day-use facility.  It historically draws the greatest number of users in the regional park system.  A prime attraction year-round is the Kearney Mansion build in 1900.  Picnic facilities, including group reservation areas, are available for public use.  Sports facilities include soccer fields, horseshoe pits, two softball fields and playground areas.

From downtown Fresno, drive west on Fresno  Street 1 mile to Kearney Boulevard.  Turn right on Kearney Boulevard and drive 6 miles to the entrance of Kearney Park on the left.  Parks Map

8leaves.gif (3310 bytes)KINGS RIVER GREEN BELT PARK, located on Piedra Road 20 miles east of Fresno, was purchased in 1972. This undeveloped 139-acre park consists of an abundance of trees bordering the Kings River.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.5 miles to Piedra Road. Turn left on Piedra Road, and drive 1.8 miles to the Kings River Greenbelt Park on the left.  Parks Map

9leaves.gif (3327 bytes)KINGS RIVER ACCESS PARK, located on 17 miles east of Fresno on Highway 180 at the Kings River crossing, is 7.4 acres of undeveloped park land.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.2 miles to where Highway 180 and the Kings River intersect.  Access is on the north side of Highway 180.  Parks Map

10leaves.gif (3292 bytes)LATON-KINGSTON PARK, located 25 miles southeast of Fresno on Gosner Road (west of Laton) on the Kings River, was purchased in 1969.  Available to users are picnic facilities including two group picnic areas with shelters, playground equipment and soccer fields.  The park consists of 22 developed acres.

From downtown Fresno, drive south on Freeway 99, 9.5 miles to the Fowler exit.  Drive south on Fowler 14.4 miles through Laton.  Laton-Kingston Park is on the right at the Kings River.  Parks Map

11leaves.gif (3300 bytes)LOS GATOS CREEK PARK, located 18 miles west of Coalinga on Los Gatos Creek Road, offers day use and overnight camping facilities.   On the upper level of the park there are 44 undeveloped campsites.  Also available are 17 overflow campsites and a baseball field.  A large group picnic area is available.

From downtown Fresno, drive west on Highway 180 (Ventura Street, which will turn into California Street) 15.5 miles to Highway 145 (Madera Avenue).  Turn left on Highway 145, drive 11.5 miles to where Highway 145 turns into Highway 33.  Drive 32 miles, turn left at the junction of Highway 33/198.  Drive 14.5 miles on Highway 198 to Gale Avenue.   Turn right on Gale Avenue and drive 2 miles to Derrick Boulevard.  Turn right on Kerrick Boulevard and drive 1 miles to Los Gatos Creek Road.  Turn left and drive 13.2 miles on Los Gatos Creek Road to Los Gatos Creek Park on the right.  Parks Map

12leaves.gif (3297 bytes)LOST LAKE RECREATION AREA was established in 1959 with the signing of a lease agreement with the State Wildlife conservation Board for 76 acres.  An additional 229 acres was subsequently purchased, bringing the total acquisition of this popular San Joaquin River Park to 305 acres.  Among the attractions to the river area, located 19 miles north of Fresno below Friant Dam, is a 70-acre primitive nature study area and 38-acre lake.  Fishing, hiking, picnicking, bird watching and nature study activities combine to make Lost Lake Park one of the most popular areas in the parks system.  A 42-site campground is available.  In the day-use area there are picnic facilities, including group areas and a beach volleyball complex.

From downtown Fresno, drive north on Freeway 41, 7.7 miles to Friant Road, exit right.  Drive 9.5 miles on Friant Road to the park entrance on the left.  Parks Map

13leaves.gif (3298 bytes)PINE FLAT RECREATION AREA, located 37 miles east of Fresno on the Kings River below Pine Flat Dam, was established in 1955 by a lease agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  A subsequent purchase of land brings the total acreage to 120 for this popular campground and day-use area.  There are 52 overnight camping units available, five day use areas with picnic facilities and 60 overflow campsites.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.5 miles to Piedra Road.  Turn left on Piedra Road and drive 8.2 miles to where Piedra Road intersects with Trimmer Springs Road.  Turn right on Trimmer Springs Road and drive 2.3 miles to Pine Flat Road.  Turn right on Pine Flat Road.  Pine Flat Recreation Area on the right begins shortly after passing the entrance to Choinumni Park.  continuing up Pine Flat Road 2 miles, cross the river and immediately on the right and left are day-use areas.   Several hundred yards ahead, on the right, is Pine Flat Campground.  Parks Map

14leaves.gif (3276 bytes)SHAVER LAKE LAUNCH RAMP, located 50 miles northeast of Fresno on Highway 168, provides two lanes for boat lunching and parking for 100 boat trailer units. The elevation for Shaver Lake launch ramp is 5,100 feet.  There is no fee required

From downtown Fresno, drive north on Freeway 41, .7 miles to the eastbound Freeway 180 Interchange.   Drive 1 mile to the eastbound Freeway 168 Interchange.  Continue on Highway 168 for 52.1 miles, through Shaver Lake, to the Boat Launch Facility on the right side.   Parks Map

15leaves.gif (3307 bytes)SKAGGS BRIDGE PARK was acquired in 1974.  It is located on the San Joaquin River at Highway 145 (Madera Avenue).  This 17-acre park is widely used for picnicking, day use and fishing activities.  Users include Fresno and Madera County residents.  The facility offers picnic units and playground area for youngster's enjoyment.

From downtown Fresno, drive west on Fresno  Street 1 mile to Kearney Boulevard.  Turn right on Kearney Boulevard and drive 14 miles to Highway 145 (Madera Avenue).  Turn right and drive 6 miles to Barstow Avenue.  Turn left on Barstow, turn right on Old Madera Road; then follow the road into the Park.  Parks Map

16leaves.gif (3273 bytes)THREE ROCKS FISHING ACCESS is located 50 miles west of Fresno on Clarkson Avenue and the California Aqueduct.  Fishing only is offered.

From downtown Fresno, drive west on Fresno  Street 1 mile to Kearney Boulevard.  Turn right on Kearney Boulevard and drive 14 miles to Highway 145 (Madera Avenue).  Turn left on Highway 145 and drive 21.7 miles to Mount Whitney Avenue.  Turn right on Mount Whitney Avenue and drive 8 miles to Sonoma Avenue.  Turn right on Sonoma Avenue and drive 4 miles to Elkhorn Avenue.  Turn left on Elkhorn Avenue and drive .5 mile to Amador Avenue.  Turn right on Amador Avenue and drive 1 mile to Clarkson Avenue.   Turn left on Clarkson Avenue and drive 5 miles to the California Aqueduct.  Parks Map

17leaves.gif (3304 bytes)WINTON PARK is located  on the Kings River, 27 miles east of Fresno at the intersection of Trimmer Springs and Piedra Roads.  It was purchased in 1961. The 26-acre park is a day use facility.  There are picnic facilities available.  Fishing is a major attraction.

From downtown Fresno, drive east on Highway 180 (Ventura Street) 17.5 miles to Piedra Road.  Turn left on Piedra Road and drive 7.9 miles to the Park on the left side.  Parks Map

 

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