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Pine Flat Lake
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Pine Flat Lake, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Location Sierra National Forest
Sequoia National Forest
Fresno County, California, United States, near Piedra, California
Coordinates 36°49′57″N 119°19′33″W / 36.8325°N 119.3259°W / 36.8325; -119.3259Coordinates: 36°49′57″N 119°19′33″W / 36.8325°N 119.3259°W / 36.8325; -119.3259
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Kings River
Primary outflows Kings River
Catchment area 1,545 sq mi (4,000 km2)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 29.6 km (18.4 mi)
Surface area 5,970 acres (24.2 km2)
Max. depth 429 feet (131 m)
Water volume 1,000,000 acre⋅ft (1.2 km3)
Surface elevation 261 m (856 ft)

Pine Flat Lake is an artificial lake or reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern Fresno County, California on the western north-south border to the Sierra- and Sequoia National Forests, about 30 mi (48 km) east of Fresno. The lake is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and is open to boaters, campers & hikers.

The lake was formed by the construction of Pine Flat Dam on the Kings River in 1954 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has a storage capacity of 1,000,000 acre⋅ft (1.2 km3). Although it was primarily designed for flood control, the project also provides for irrigation and groundwater recharge, recreation, and with the completion in 1984 of the Jeff L. Taylor Pine Flat Power Plant, generation of 165 Megawatts hydroelectric power.

Recreation and Wildlife

The lake is a popular regional tourist destination for water-based recreation. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District manages the land around the lake and offers several recreation areas and wildlife management areas. The following recreation and wildlife areas help lake visitors experience Pine Flat Lake:

  • Deer Creek Recreation Area and Pine Flat Lake Marina (the marina is privately operated under an agreement with USACE).
  • Lakeview Recreation Area
  • Edison Point Wildlife Area (open to hunting and wildlife viewing)
  • Sycamore Creek Wildlife Area (open to hunting and wildlife viewing)

The fisheries are managed and stocked by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, common fish species include: large and smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rainbow trout, king (chinook) and kokanee salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Anglers can fish for native rainbow trout in the upper Kings River, which is a special management area that encourages natural reproduction of wild trout without the planting of domestic stock. Anglers must have a valid state fishing license and comply with all California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules & regulations.

Hunting is permitted outside of developed recreation areas with bow and arrow or shotgun only.

Enforcement of rules and regulations are performed by USACE Park Rangers, Game Wardens with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and deputies of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department.

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