The Tamarack Sno-Park is one of five sno-parks in the Shaver and Huntington Lakes area in Fresno County. The Coyote, Balsam Meadows, Eastwood, and Huntington Lake Sno-Parks are nearby on the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway, also known as Highway 168 and Tollhouse Road.
Tamarack Sno-Park is on the south side of Highway 168, east of Shaver Lake at Tamarack Ridge in the Sierra National Forest. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling, limited snow play, and cross-country skiing are popular activities at the Tamarack Sno-Park. The Sierra National Forest maintains 209 miles of snowmobile routes in this region, though snowmobiling is not allowed in the designated wilderness areas. A map of the extensive snowmobile trail system from the Sierra National Forest can be found here.
The Tamarack Ridge area is a year-round outdoor recreation area, with camping, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing, and boating opportunities in the spring through fall months and snow sports activities in the winter. Camp Edison, China Peak Mountain Resort, Kaiser Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and Dinkey Lakes Wilderness are all located nearby.
Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and cross-country skiing are recommended activities at the Tamarack Sno-Park.
The Tamarack Sno-Park is open from November 1 - May 30. Sno-park park permits are required, and can be purchased online or from designated vendors nearby.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Permits for the Tamarack Sno-Park are available online from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division or from several vendors in Fresno County. A complete listing of 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
Several groomed trails for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are accessible from the Tamarack Sno-Park and vary fin length and skill level from easy to difficult. The 3.0 mile Chipmunk Trail offers shared snowmobile and cross-country ski trails with an easy difficulty rating. The Porcupine Loop and Raccoon Loop are 4 miles long and designated as more difficult, and are for skiing and snowshoeing only. 3 miles of the 4.4 mile Raven Loop is limited to skiing. The Tamarack Trail is 10 miles, open to both skiing and snowmobiling, and is rated as more difficult. The Tamarack Ridge Trailhead access 50 miles of skiing and snowmobiling trails with varied levels of difficulty.
Approximate Operating Season
November 1-May 30