Campground Star: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Forty miles of shoreline for water recreation and good hiking, plus easy eagle sightings make it a cinch for travelers to cough up 5-star Campendium reviews for this appealing California campground.

Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

Road 145
Friant, CA 93626
Reservations: 800-444-7275
GPS: 37.025, -119.682
Elevation: 620 ft.
Nightly Rate: $30.00 per night, plus $10 hookup fee; $7 powerboat launch fee

There are some bragging rights in being voted among California’s 45 greatest lakes, and Millerton Lake, all 319 feet deep of it, is proud of the ranking. There’s even a special area for boat campers, accessible only by—yes—boat. But if you’re just towing an Airstream, Millerton will do you fine as well.

Silvia put her thoughts forward about Millerton on Campendium: “We were pleased to find this beautiful place. The camp hosts were wonderful,” she says. “The hookups were in fine working order. Plenty of showers and bathrooms. All in all, everything was well kept and clean. We had a chance to speak with a few others there who have been going for 20 years that speaks volumes to us.”

Twenty years of satisfaction isn’t a weak recommendation, but bikesandrivets, Millerton Airstreamers, had to put their two cents in as well. “We were genuinely shocked driving in to this park. Absolutely beautiful hills surround a lake with campsites scattered throughout the park. A great place to hike, bike and picnic. There are several sites that sit independently with views of the lake as well as an area with full hookups,” they were delighted to declare.

Both reviewers indicated that their cell phone reception was decent, in case you need to call your best friends who are sweltering in cramped apartments at home. The lake has the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the San Joaquin Valley, and they offer tours to watch the splendid beasts. There are 148 sites, plus the boat camping. The park also contains the original Miller County Courthouse, built in 1867, so maybe you can get your traffic tickets taken care of as well.

Park weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.

Directions: The area is 20 miles northeast of Fresno via Highway 41 and Highway 145.