Huntington Lake Sno-Park
The Huntington Lake Sno-Park is on the west shore of picturesque Huntington Lake in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County. The Huntington Lake Sno-Park is one of five sno-parks along the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (also known as Tollhouse Road and Highway 168). Balsam Meadows, Coyote, Tamarack, and Eastwood Sno-Parks are also found on Highway 168. Eastwood Sno-Park is just three miles away- if Huntington Lake Sno-Park fills up, the Eastwood Sno-Park is a good alternative.
The Huntington Lake region provides abundant year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. In warmer months, hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, fishing, and camping are popular in this region. Kaiser Wilderness and the John Muir Wildernessare located near hear and provide ample hiking opportunities. China Peak Mountain Resortis also located nearby, and is a popular ski destination. During the winter, the Huntington Lake Sno-Park is great for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and snowmobiling.
Huntington Lake is a reservoir created in 1912 as part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project to fulfill the state's water supply needs. Since its creation, Huntington Lake has become popular with outdoor enthusiasts, and is the site of the High Sierra Regatta, a sailing festival. The Lakeshore Resorton Huntington Lake has been in service since 1922, and offers lakeside lodging. The Huntington Lake Sno-Park makes Huntington Lake a year-round destination.
Huntington Lake Sno-Park offers cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding opportunities. The Sierra National Forest Service maintains 234 miles of groomed snowmobile trails around Huntington Lake, Tamarack Ridge, and the High Sierra area.
Huntington Lake Sno-Park is open from November 1 through May 30. Sno-Park permits are required, and are available from several nearby vendors or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Permits for the Huntington Lake Sno-Park are available online from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division or from designated vendors in Fresno County. A complete listing of Sno-Park permit vendors throughout Northern California is available here.
Ken’s Market, 42137 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-3549
China Peak Mountain Resort, 59265 Highway 108, Lakeshore, Ca. 93634 (559) 233-2500
Cressman’s General Store, 36088 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. (559) 93664, (559) 841-2923
Shaver Lake Gas & Food Mart, 41801 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-2740
Shaver Lake Sports, 41698 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-2740
Shaverkeps Mild to Wild, 41387 Highway 168, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-7711
Young’s Shaver Lake Hardware, 41777 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, Ca. 93664, (559) 841-3298
Rancheria Enterprises, 63211 Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, Ca. 93634 (559) 893-3234
Herb Bauer Sporting Goods, 6264 North Blackstone, Fresno, Ca. 93710 (559) 435-8600
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, 1725 23rdStreet, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 and (916) 324-4442
California State Parks Division of Vehicular Recreation Sno-Park Program
Sno-parks provide access to cross country ski trails, snowmobile routes, and snow play areas. Sno-parks are operated by the California State Parks and Recreation Office of Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation (OHMVR) in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. All of the sno-parks in California are in the Sierra Nevada’s, and are open from November 1 through May 30. The California Sno-Park Hotline can be reached at (916) 324-1222. Sno-Parks operated by the state are designated by brown signs located along highways.
There are 19 sno-parks operated by the OHMVR, and permits are required for each one. Day permits for $5 and season permits for $25 are available from designated Sno-Park vendors, by mail from OHMVR, or on-line. On-line purchases are subject to an additional $1.95 service fee. Permits must be displayed on the left side of the dashboard, and clearly seen from the outside of the vehicle. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and parking at a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $94.50 fine. California Sno-Park permits are also valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sanitation facilities are provided at each of the parks. Camping, littering, and over-night parking are prohibited.
The Sno-Parks are located in areas that can experience road closures in harsh weather conditions. Call CalTrans at 1-800-427-7623 or check the CalTrans website to get information on roadway conditions when planning your trip, and carry chains and a shovel. Winter recreation can be hazardous, so it is important you consider your skill level, wear proper clothing, have respect for the terrain and park rules and regulations, and adhere to posted warnings for your safety.
A printable brochure of Sno-Park locations is available from the OHMVR website and can be found here.
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Rules and Regulations
Sno-Park permit required. Snowmobiles must be permitted and snowmobile riders must adhere to US Forest Service ATV requirements.
The US Forest Service maintains over 250 miles of snowmobile trails in this region. The Huntington Lake Sno-Park provides access to several trails. The Rancheria Enterprises Marina rents snowmobiles by the hour, and maintains a map of the snowmobile trails around Huntington Lake. Many of these trails lead to the Kaiser Wilderness and are marked with red diamonds on trees.
The Huntington Lake Trailhead provides access to snowmobile trails around Huntington Lake and to Kaiser Pass trails and is located at the Huntington Lake boat ramp.
The Huntington Lake Trail is a 6 mile trail from the lake to Billy Creek Campground and the old Huntington Lake Resort Gas Station. It follows Huntington Lake Road, which is not plowed during the winter and is a designated snowmobile trail. The trail ends at Dam #3. This trail takes approximately one hour to complete.
Huntington Lake to Dowville West Trail is 8 miles long and takes approximately 2 hours on a snowmobile. The trail begins at the Rancheria Rentals and follows thorugh the College Campground to the Huntington Lake Trailhead. From here, the trail crosses Deer Creek Bridge and on to Huntington Lake Road and the old Huntington Lake Resort Gas Station. The Dowville West Trailhead is at the old gas station, and runs through a cabin tract. The trail ends at the Mushroom Rock Vista, and on clear days, the Central Valley can be seen from this point.
The US Forest Service requires that snowmobiles be permitted and must have a "Green Sticker" on the vehicle. Snowmobiling guidelines and requirements can be found here.
Approximate Operating Season
November 1 - May 30