Summer Family Programs

Junior Ranger Programs

Program meets at the Campfire Center on the North Shore. See the kiosk and signage for start times. Additional programs may be offered sporadically along the South Shore (Day-use), keep an eye out for our Junior Ranger flags!

Campfire Programs
Litter Getter Program

Participants receive a Litter Getter activity folder that also contains instructions on picking up litter in the park. Kids can request a Litter Getter recycled paper bag to collect litter, from the entrance kiosk in the summer, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

When participants turn in their first bag of litter, they receive six state animal and plant stickers (shown below). There is a special spot for each sticker in the activity folder. If kids turn in a second bag and show their Litter Getter folder with the stickers placed on it, they get a Litter Getter magnet, and a signed certificate to proclaim they are official Litter Getters!

Please dispose of trash appropriately. Remind your children not to touch sharp objects or animals. Park staff may be able to provide specific instructions about where to pick up litter and what to avoid, too.

Star Party with Central Valley Astronomers

Telescopes, laser pointers, and the beautiful night sky. Join this enthusiastic group of astronomers for a fun evening of stargazing. Members are happy to share a glance at the cosmos through their personal telescopes (if you ask politely) and perhaps tell a story or two if you are interested.

Star parties occur one Saturday night a month in June, July and August. Group meets at Sunset Picnic area located on the far end of Meadows campground (adjacent to Ramp 6 parking lot) Refer to social media for specific dates or follow the community calendar on their website at

Paddle Sports Program

Winter Programs

Annual Bald Eagle Tours

Set out on our tour-style pontoon boat in search of wintering bald Eagles. These three-hour long guided tours are offered every weekend, January through mid-March. The cost is $20 per person. Learn more about our Eagle Tours here.

Annual Special Events

Earth Day Climate Action Workday

Every year Millerton Lake joins forces with the California State Park Foundation in the fight against climate change, as we host an annual Volunteer Workday. Open to all — individuals, families, and corporate groups are welcome to make a tangible impact in creating climate-resilient parks. This event takes place in April around Earth Day. Learn more at

Annual Kids Safety Day
Kids’ Safety Day is a free community event for families to learn about staying safe in the water and meet the Central Valley rescuers who are keeping you safe. Agencies and local organizations will line the Friant Dam parking lot providing loads of great information for families and kids. Visitors get a close up look at first responder equipment including fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, boats, even rescue helicopters! A life jacket trade-in takes place during the event, where you can swap out old life jackets for a free new replacement. Families are encouraged to stay for the day and enjoy the park after the event. The event takes place on the third weekend of May, annually. Learn more about our Annual Kids’ Safety Day here.

California State Parks Week

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