Lakeview Cottages on Huntington Lake

Lakeview Cottages are the twelve surviving cabins built for the engineers who built the dams forming Huntington Lake in 1912. Although the cabins have been modernized, they are still very rustic. The resort is owned and operated by a group of friends who do all the work themselves. The cabins are a stone's throw from the water on the southwest corner of the lake. There is a dock and selection of fishing boats and kayaks.

In the early 1900s, water and hydroelectric development were dominant forces shaping the landscape across the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Huntington Lake was constructed in 1912 as a part of the enormous Big Creek Hydroelectric Project envisioned by John S. Eastwood to provide power for a growing California. The lake was named for Henry Edwards Huntington, the entrepreneur who financed the earliest work to develop the Big Creek project which includes a system of lakes, tunnels, steel penstocks and power houses.

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Latitude: 37.2255787 Longitude: -119.2308426 Elevation: 6994 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

Rustic cabins with toilet and shower. One and two bedrooms. Free site-wide WiFi. Full-size refrigerators. Most cabins are rented by the week. The south side of the lake is quiet with little powerboat activity. Guests can use the dock for their own boats on a space available basis. Monday morning pancake breakfast and Wednesday night marshmallow roast. Excellent cell phone reception.

Seasons Open


Recreational Opportunities

At an elevation of 7,000 feet the cottages at Huntington Lake provide opportunities for hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, geocaching, horseback riding, board games, and campfire activities. 

Huntington Lake is also ideal for sailing. Nearly five miles long, this lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides and contained on its western end by three dams. On summer days, hot air from the central San Joaquin Valley expands and rises up the canyon, forcing cool air that has settled above the lake at night into the mountains above. This thermal effect produces consistent afternoon westerly winds averaging 15 mph - ideal for sailing.

Photo journals of area activities are located on the resort's Facebook page

Rate Range

$550-915 per week depending on cabin size. Daily rates may be available.

Driving Directions

Highway 168 to the Big Creek road at the north end of Shaver Lake. Up the Big Creek road to Huntington Lodge Road. You can also stay on 168 and go all the way around Huntington Lake. More complete directions are located on the resort web site.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Propane gas heating and cooking. Minimal electrical service. Recycling. Unpaved site nestled in the forest.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

A group of friends from Fresno, California own and operate the resort, doing their own management and maintenance.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome.

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