Lake Kaweah Terminus Dam

The Lake Kaweah Terminus Dam, America's largest spillway fusegates, diverse wildlife, Native American history, and water recreation comprise the Lake Kaweah story located in the southern Sierra Nevada.

Dating back almost a century, Kaweah River Valley residents fought to protect their towns from flooding by damming the Kaweah River. Native American sites are scattered throughout the basin with an excellent example of grinding stones at the Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center. Hale Tharp, the first Caucasian to visit the Giant Forest Sequoia grove, lived along what is now Lake Kaweah.

The Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center has a fine mix of history, local culture, and engineering as well as a store featuring local and native history. From the deck of the Visitor Center, you can enjoy expansive views of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, rolling hills, the dam and spillway.

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Latitude: 36.4148936 Longitude: -119.0037775 Elevation: 650 ft

Recreational Opportunities

The Lake Kaweah Terminus Dam has several recreational opportunities ranging from water skiing, boating, and kayaking. Please note kayakers must provide their own boats. Houseboat rentals are also available. The Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center offers free life jacket use for children too!

The Lake Kaweah Terminus Dam is a popular spot for bass fishing from the lake or shore. Lakeside campgound is available and the lake is an excellent location for family outings. Visitors will enjoy horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails when the lake is low, late summer until mid-winter.

Seasons Accessible



Day-use $4. Camping $20. Short-term visitor center parking - no charge. Fees subject to change.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center is ADA accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on leash permitted.


Read the exciting story of the flood years that led to the creation of Terminus Dam and Lake Kaweah and enjoy more photos of this beautiful lake at So much to see and do here!

Laurie Schwaller, 6/8/2015

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