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Warning: Boat Launching Hazardous Due to Low Water
WAKALUMI RECREATION AREA, CA
part ofHensley Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewWakalumi Recreation Area is a primitive Group Horse Camping area located at Hensley Lake in the foothills of central California, 50 miles north of Fresno. The lake area offers many recreational opportunities, such as swimming, water skiing, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. The lake attracts a growing number of visitors per year. It is within a short drive to Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, as well as the Sierra National Forest. The lake was created by the construction of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. With over 20 miles of shoreline, it is a popular vacation spot for families and those who enjoy water activities.
Wakalumi is located below the dam at Hensley Lake. It is surrounded by the oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills, offering a mixture of sun and shade. The area has significant historical value as it was once home to the Miwok and Yokut Native American Tribes.
The area is packed with opportunities for outdoor fun. Hiking and horseback riding are available for campers in our wildlife areas. Certain times of the year, Wakalumi campers have access to the Fresno River for fishing from their camping area. Other campers enjoy boating, water skiing and fishing on the water. Bank fishermen have easy access to the lake's shoreline. Lake fishing is particularly good in the coves where largemouth black bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish are found in abundance. Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake each winter.
Wakalumi Recreation Area provides one large group campsite for up to 50 people, including horse trailers. There is a vault toilet, corrals, hitching posts, picnic tables and fire rings.
Yosemite National Park is about one hour north and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are about 1.5 hours southeast of the facility.
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Know Before You GoThis area is adjacent to the dam, therefore, there are areas that are restricted from access by the campers.
For more information, please call 559-673-5151.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From south of Fresno: Take SR 99 to SR 41 north and go 21 miles to SR 145. Turn left on 145 and go 8.4 miles to Road 33. Turn right on Road 33, and go one mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.
From south of Madera: Take SR 99 north to exit 153B. Bear right onto Madera Ave. and go .3 miles to Gateway. Turn left and drive .2 miles to the traffic light at Yosemite Ave. (SR 145). Turn right and go 7.2 miles to Road 33. Turn left on Road 33, and go 1 mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.
From north of Madera: Take State Route 99 south to exit 153B. Exit onto Olive Ave. Turn left onto Madera Ave. and go .3 miles to Gateway. Turn left and drive .2 miles to the traffic light at Yosemite Ave. (SR 145). Turn right and go 7.2 miles to Road 33. Turn left on Road 33, and go one mile to Road 400. Take a right onto 400 and go 7.1 miles to Road 603. Turn left and go 1 mile to Road 407. Take a right on 407 and drive 1.7 miles to the campground.
Mailing Address:WAKALUMI RECREATION AREA
P.O. Box 85
Raymond CA 93653
Phone Number:Information: (559)673-5151