Deer Creek Campground is located at beautiful Huntington Lake, near Kaiser Wilderness, approximately 80 miles north of Fresno. Deer Creek is in the heart of the small town of Lakeshore, five miles before the Billy Creek Campgrounds. Deer Creek Campground is located right on the lake and is a perfect spot to view the sailboats during the Regattas.
All sites have picnic tables, fire rings and a bear box. The road and sites are all paved. We have flush bathrooms with sinks, plus lakeside camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, sailing, boating, nature walks and free interpretive programs to learn about hydro-electric power at the dam, logging, geology and forestry of the southern Sierra Nevada.
Check in at the Eastwood Visitor Center and Huntington Lake Store that has many souvenirs, gifts and camping gear. We carry t-shirts for adults and children, posters and bear statues. We also have books on fishing, hiking and bird watching. If you’re looking for that perfect souvenir to take home, or you forgot something for your camping trip, stop by and look around.
The Huntington Lake Store is also a meeting place on Thursday and Sunday for nature hikes. Our free interpretive program offers a guided nature hike to Rancheria Falls and Indian Pools. The Rancheria Falls Trailhead is at 7,200 feet and ends at 8,120 feet. The falls are approximately 150 feet high and 50 feet wide. This is a gentle two mile round trip hike. Indian Pools Trail is also an easy two mile round trip. The pools have a wading area and a larger pool for swimming.
Huntington Lake was constructed in 1912. This was part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. The lake was named after Henry E. Huntington, who financed the work of the Big Creek Project. This project was envisioned by John S. Eastwood to provide power for California.
Huntington Lake is ranked one of the top sailing lakes in the world. Almost every weekend in the summer we have Regatta’s that attract racers from the western states. The Fresno Yacht club handles the events. From many of our campgrounds you can watch the sailboats racing. Huntington Lake is also famous for a B-24 that crashed into the lake in December 1943 that had been on a World War II training mission that killed 6 crew members. The plane was found in 1955 and some of the wreckage still remains.
Deer Creek makes a good base for day hikes, bird watching and boating. Enjoy the many trails for hiking or go boating in your own boat or rent one from a local business.
Here is a list of some of our hiking trails:
Nellie Lake - 10 miles round trip. This trail starts at the Upper Billy Creek Campground. (The trail marker is across from the camp host site). This trail is a three hour up at an enjoyable pace with numerous stops due to it being a steep hike with approximately a 2,300’ elevation climb. It takes about two hours to return at a moderate to brisk pace. This is an excellent day hike, as well as a beautiful lake to spend a few nights.
College Rock - 5 miles round trip. The trail starts behind the D&F Pack Station off the Huntington Lake Road. It is a steep and strenuous hike, and the half-way point to Kaiser Peak. The view is the entire Huntington Lake Basin.
Kaiser Peak - 10 miles round trip. The trail starts behind the D&F Pack Station off the Huntington Lake Road. It is a steep and strenuous 3,000 foot climb with many switchbacks. At the top there is a spectacular view from the Minarets to Kings Canyon National Park.
Coarsegrass Meadow - 5 miles round trip. Starting from Home Creek, off the Huntington Lake Road, there is a well-marked and not difficult trail to the flowery meadow. Hiking two miles past Coarsegrass Meadow, with a steep drop, you will find another meadow of quaking aspen called Aspen Meadow.
Mushroom Rock - 300 yards. Approximately 2 miles from the Huntington Lake Dam (west end of lake) on the Huntington Lake Road (going towards Big Creek) turn on 8S32. Stay on main dirt road for approximately 4.5 miles. The Mushroom sign turn-off is 3/10 of a mile to the parking area. Just follow the sign 300 yards to the vista. This is an excellent view of Shaver Lake, Balsam Forebay, and the San Joaquin drainage.
After a full day of fun, a short walk will bring you into town. Lakeshore Resort has a general store for your shopping needs, a restaurant and a saloon to quench your thirst.