Cherry Lake

Cherry Lake sits in the Cherry Valley at a middle elevation of the Sierra Nevada. The visitor sees pines, firs and cedar trees set against the blue jewel of Cherry Lake.

The lower end of the Lake is anchored in the lower Sierran life zones of oak, pine and fire, as can be seen in the new plantations and the old brush fields. The mid Lake is bound by the trees and at its upper reaches by the granite cliffs of the High Sierras.

Deer are common and often seen, coyotes can be heard in the evening and may be seen slinking through the forest, and if you're really lucky you may see a bear. Or a skunk, or bobcat or even a fox. In season flowers can be found such as lupine, indian paintbrush, or snowflower just to mention a few.

While many people come to Cherry Lake it is not a busy "destination" type of place, There is plenty of opportunity to be alone.

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Latitude: 38.0023728 Longitude: -119.9075516 Elevation: 4704 ft
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Michael Rutty

Recreational Opportunities

Boating (but not high speed watercraft), hiking, fishing, camping, photography and hunting during the season. Bird watching would also be a good activity as osprey, eagles and other interesting birds can be found in the area.

Some people use this location as a jumping off point to go into the back country of the Yosemite Park for extended hiking/camping trips.

Seasons Accessible

Cherry Lake is available spring, summer and fall.


$19 daily for a camping spot in the Cherry Valley campground

Pet Friendly Notes

Polite animals welcome


Dec. 3, 2014 Drove to Cherry Lake today. Only other people there were workers burning the rubble from the cleanup. Campground was closed but the lake is open. No fire at the lake itself. Water level is down so the boat ramp is not useable.

Marv, 12/5/2014

I have been going to Cherry Lake (aka Lake Lloyd) since I was 12 (I'm 50 now). It is a beautiful place with lots to do. If you enjoy the camp ground experience, the Cherry Valley Camp Ground is a well kept place with vault toilets, camp fire rings, water spigots and trash cans. During times with fire restrictions (which I'm sure will happen again this year rather early in the season) it is the only place you can legally have a camp fire. If you're not into camp grounds (like me), you can find many very nice remote spots to enjoy the sounds of the forest and not be disturbed by people. Jawbone falls is a few miles west of the lake and is also very beautiful. I didn't get to go up there last year as it was closed after the rim fire. It has been opened this year and I am very much looking forward to going up there again. Also, be prepared to be disconnected (which is one of the reasons I go there) as there is no phone signal short of a satellite phone.

Don, 3/12/2015

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