Located in the heart of California, where the San Joaquin River flows out of the Sierra Nevada foothills and into the Central Valley, you’ll find one of the most popular recreational lakes in the San Joaquin Valley. Visitors can enjoy the lake’s 47 miles of shoreline with opportunities for boating, swimming, hiking, and more!

Things to Do:

If you have an hour, take in a quick workout on the Buzzards Roost Trail; an elevation gain of more than 500 feet in less than a mile. An incredible view from the top awaits.
If you have half a day, traverse the remote shorelines of the lake by standup paddleboard or kayak, and catch up on your wildlife viewing.
If you have a full day, populate several folding chairs on the shoreline with your favorite people for a fun day at the lake with the barbecue. Take a few spins on the boat or PWC, and try your luck with a fishing pole. You may have to bring your own shade.
Day-Use Fees*:
Vehicle Day-Use: $10.00
Boat Use: $7.00
Seniors (Age 62 and up): $9.00
*Special Holiday Rates Apply

Millerton Lake is composed of three fee areas with two major entrances. South Shore, North Shore, and South Finegold.
South Shore (Day-Use) – Fresno County Side

Group picnic areas are available for reservation. All others, first come, first served.

North Shore (Campgrounds) – Madera County Side

South Finegold Day-Use Area

Day-Use fees are collected via a self-pay station located at the entrance of the parking lot. Vehicles parked in the designated Fire-lane, red curb along Sky Harbor Rd. and cul-de-sac, will be cited. Please obey all posted traffic signs and respect private property.

Wellbarn Area

Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve is also accessible via Wellbarn road. Big Table Mountain Ecological Reserve was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2007 and is approximately 1,000 acres. Big Table Mountain is a flat-topped volcanic mesa covered with grasslands and northern volcanic vernal pools. The mesa is rimmed by vertical cliffs used for nesting by peregrine and prairie falcons and golden eagles. Visitors should always stay on the trail to protect this delicate ecosystem. Dogs are not allowed in the Reserve.

Park Pass Sales Office
Millerton Lake is an official Park Pass Sales location. The primary pass services provided are application review for the Disabled Discount (DD), Golden Bear (GB) and Limited Use Golden Bear (LUGB) discount passes, and the sale of the annual passes. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM – 4:30PM. Office is closed on all major holidays. Address: 5290 Millerton Rd Friant, CA 93626. Only Annual Golden Poppy pass and Annual Boat pass are available for purchase at entrance kiosks, April-September.

Millerton Marina

San Joaquin River Trail: 12.7 miles (one-way) from South Finegold to San Joaquin River Gorge Recreation Area (BLM), moderate/stenuous.

Blue Oak Trail: 3.3 miles (one-way) from South Shore to Winchell Cove, moderate.

North Shore Trail: 2.0 miles (one-way) - Mono Campground to Valley Oak Campground, moderate.

Buzzards Roost Trail: 0.6 miles (one-way) from Dumna Creek to Buzzards Roost, strenuous.

Nature Trail: 0.25 miles (loop) – Interpretive trail located in Fort Miller camp loop, Easy.