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Shaver Lake

Lake, River, or Waterfall

Nestled in the mixed conifer forest of the Southern Sierra Nevada at an elevation of 5,370’ Shaver Lake offers numerous and varied recreational opportunities for every interest. The lake is located approximately one hour east from Fresno, California. Shaver Lake was named after C.B. Shaver who was co-founder and president of the Fresno Flume and Irrigation Company. The Fresno Flume and Irrigation Co. built a sawmill, millpond, and flume which carried the lumber from the mill to the valley. These were built in the area that is now encompassed by the current Shaver Lake. The original millpond was known as Shaver Lake. The dam creating the current Shaver Lake was completed by Southern California Edison in 1927 as part of the historic Big Creek Hydroelectric Project. The lake surface covers approximately 2,160 acres with 22 miles of shoreline.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome in the Shaver Lake area. Leash laws are typically in effect inside campgrounds.

Recreational Opportunities

Some of the recreation opportunities Shaver Lake has to offer are camping, rock climbing, water skiing, sailing, and many others. For those looking for a hike, there are 35 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding around the Shaver area on Southern California Edison land. The trails are maintained by the Shaver Lake Volunteers and managed by Southern California Edison. The area offers endless opportunities for wildlife viewing on the well managed forest. There are two campgrounds, Dora Bella and Camp Edison, located on the shores of Shaver Lake and there is also the Shaver Lake Stables where you can book a one or two hour horseback riding trip.

Shaver Lake is a popular destination for anglers with year round fishing access as weather permits. Shaver has two boat launches, the Fresno County launch is on the north side of the lake and the other launch is located at Camp Edison. There are also a number of fishing derbies that occur on the lake. Shaver Lake has three marinas, Sierra Marina, Shaver Lake Marina and Shaver Lake Watersports, which rent all kinds of watercraft from kayaks and wave runners to pontoon boats.

During the winter there are many recreational opportunities as well. There are approximately twelve miles of Nordic ski trails around the Shaver Lake area. The area also offers plenty of areas for sledding and snowshoeing with scenic views of the Sierra Nevada and Shaver Lake.


Seasons Accessible

Year round


Some developed areas have day use fees.

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