Fresno County, Central California

Huntington Lake Boating

Huntington Lake Boating: Marinas, Launch Ramps, Boat Rentals

Nearby Boat Storage Facilities

Sunset Cruises on Huntington Lake

Huntington Lake Resort provides Sunset Cruises on Huntington Lake. The pontoon boat cruise departs at 5:30 pm and returns at 7:30 pm. Choice of drinks are included in the $25 per person price. Up to 8 people.

The scenic cruise is hosted by the marina staff at Huntington Lake Resort.

Huntington Lake Resort can also arrange a private boat ride for your group. Marina Information or Reservations: (559) 593-8832   Huntington Lake Resort

Nearby Lakes and Facilities

Redinger Lake

  • 14 miles west of Huntington Lake (as the crow flies)
  • 5-mile long reservoir on San Joaquin River
  • Public Boat Launch Ramp
  • Limited Dispersed Camping, No Services
  • Fishing
  • Operated by Southern California Edison
  • Redinger Lake

Kerckhoff Lake

  • 7 miles downstream from Redinger Lake
  • 8 miles from Auberry
  • 2.5 mile long reservoir
  • Small Campground
  • Limited boat access
  • Fishing
  • Operated by P G & E
  • Kerckhoff Lake


Huntington Lake
Launch Ramps

  • Public Launch Ramp - Between College and Deer Creek Campgrounds, $3 per launch and $5 parking with trailer
  • Lakeshore Marina -
  • Rancheria Marina - located at the east end of the lake


WW II B-24 Liberator Bomber
Sleeps in Huntington's Depths

In December 1943 a B-24 Liberator took off from Hammer Field in Fresno in search of a downed aircraft somewhere in the Sierra. 40 minutes into the flight the Liberator developed engine trouble and began to lose altitude.

Captain William Darden ordered his crew to bail out, but only two managed to make it out before the aircraft crashed into Huntington Lake.

Legend has it that the captain mistook the frozen lake for a meadow and tried to land, but one of the survivors disputes that claim. He says the lake was not frozen over.

The plane sank into the lake in more than a hundred feet of water. The 6 remaining crew members died in the crash. Although some parts of the plane - and the bodies of the dead crewmen - have been recovered, the remainder of the bomber rests on the bottom of the lake.

Learn more about it at the
Billy Creek Guard Station Museum near the Billy Creek Campgrounds.


Huntington Lake
Water Levels

Huntington Lake has a storage capacity of 89,166 acre-feet of water. The Forest Service has agreements with the Southern Califronia Edison Company that keep the water level of the lake high enough for recreational use during the summer.

When water is taken from Huntington Lake it is used either by the downstream powerhouse to generate electricity or it is sent to Shaver Lake by way of Balsam Forebay.


Huntington Boating in a Nutshell

  • Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing - many like the comfort of a wetsuit.
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Patio Boats, Fishing Boats, Pleasure Cruisers, Pontoon Boats
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Row Boats, Rafts
  • Sailing - a favorite at Huntington Lake because of the steady afternoon winds.

Huntington Lake Marinas

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Huntington Lake Resort

12 miles west on Huntington Lake Road from the end of Highway 168
Marina Information: (559) 593-8832   Website:   Huntington Lake Resort
Resort Facilities: Steakhouse and Grill, Marina, Live Music, Sunset Cruises
For information about the Huntington Lake Resort Lodging, see
Huntington Lake Lodging


  • Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, evening rental hours 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Launch Ramp  
  • Facilities:   Fuel, Trailer Parking
  • Slips:   Daily $30, Weekly $130, Monthly $200, Season $600 (slips not available during periods of low water)

Huntington Lake Resort Boat Rentals
Boat Length Seats Features Hour 4 Hrs. Day
Cash deposits required on all boats ($50-$200). All Prices Subject to Change
Fishing Boat 14' 4-5 Motor $35 $60 $85
Deluxe Fishing Boat 15' 2-3 Chairs, motor, Rod Holders $35 $60 $85
Kayaks 1 or 2 $20 - $25 $30 - $40 $55 - $70
Canoes 2 $25 $40 $70
Pontoon Boats Boats 24'-25' 6 or 9 Bimini $150 $200 $300
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Rancheria Marina

Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, CA (at the east end of the lake)
(559) 893-3234;   Website: Rancheria Marina
Marina Facilities: Store, Gas Station, Snowmobile Rentals, Marine Mechanics


  • Hours: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM during summer, and 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Thurs - Monday) off season.
  • Launch Ramp  
  • Slips:   Daily $30, 5 Days $130, 7 Days $170, 30 Days $500
  • Water Toys for Rent: Tubes, Wakeboards, Skis, Life Jackets, Wet Suits

Rancheria Marina Boat Rentals
Boat Seats Features Hour Half Day Full Day
Half Day from 7 am to Noon or 1 pm to 6 pm; All Day is from 7 am to 6 pm. Prices subject to change.
Fishing Boat 4 Aluminum, Tiller Steering $60 $80
Fishing Boat 6 Aluminum, Tiller Steering $75 $85
Fishing Patio Boat 6 Sun Canopy $200 $245
Deluxe Fishing Patio Boat 10 Sun Canopy $265 $300
Deluxe Patio Boat 10 Sun Canopy $265 $300
Canoes, Kayaks, Stand-up Paddleboards $20 3 hours $50

Lakeshore Resort

61953 Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, CA
(559) 893-3193;   Website: Lakeshore Resort
Resort Facilities: Historic Lodge, Restaurant, Saloon, Store, RV Park, Marina
For information about Lakeshore Resort's RV Park, see Huntington Lake Camping
For information about Lakeshore Resort's Cabins, see Huntington Lake Lodging


  • Launch Ramp  
  • Slips:   Daily $25, Weekly $145, Monthly $400, Season $625

Lakeshore Resort Boat Rentals
Boat Length Features Hour Half Day Full Day
Half Day is 1 PM to 4 PM; Full Day is 10 AM to 4 PM.
Stand-up Paddleboard $35 $70
Single Kayak 1 person $55 $100

Cedar Crest Resort

Huntington Lake Road, Lakeshore, CA (midway on the north shore)
(559) 893-3233   Website: Cedar Crest Resort
Resort Facilities: General Sore, Showers, RV Dump, Restaurant, Bar, Group Campfire, Family Movies on Weekends, Dock, Boat Rentals
For information about Cabins, see Huntington Lake Lodging
For information about Cedar Crest Resort's RV and Tent Camping, see
Huntington Lake Camping

Cedar Crest Resort Boat Rentals
Boat Features 1-3 Hours 4 - 8 Hours Half Day Full Day
Prices subject to change.
Aluminum Boat Motor $45 $60
Sailboat Full Rigging $60 $100
Party Barge 20' Pontoon Boat, 10 People $150 $225

Lakeview Cottages

58374 Huntington Lodge Rd, Lakeshore, CA (southwest corner of the lake)
Resort Phone:  (559) 553-3550
Website: Lakeview Cottages
Resort Facilities: Cabins, Dock, WiFi, Horseshoes, Picnic Area, Campfire Ring
For information about Cabins, see Huntington Lake Lodging
Boat Rentals: Row Boats, Kayaks, Canoes for use by resort guests for $100 per week, on a first come, first served basis.

Huntington Lake Sailing

Steady afternoon winds make Huntington Lake a popular destination for sailors. Because of the lake's east-west orientation and the low opening on the western end, westerly winds generally pick up about mid-morning in the summer and continue until late afternoon. The strongest gusts are usually encountered at the east end of the lake.

The Fresno Yacht Club

The Fresno Yacht Club's main sailing venues are Huntington Lake and Millerton Lake. Races are held at Huntington Lake during the summer. Every year they hold their High Sierra Regatta at Huntington Lake, with both centerboard and keel boat classes. The Fresno Yacht Club is open to new members. Fresno Yacht Club


Marine Services

Rancheria Enterprises
Huntington Lake Rd, Lakeshore, CA
(559) 893-3234
Marina, Auto Garage, Marine Mechanics
Rancheria Enterprises

Sierra Marina
45795 Tollhouse Rd., Shaver Lake, CA
(559) 841-3324
Marina, Outboard Motor Mechanics, Other Repairs
Sierra Marina

Ed's Marine Service
5677 W. San Madele Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 436-6700
Ed's Marine Service

Clovis Marine
2475 N. Fordham Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 291-5737
Clovis Marine

Adams Marine
2515 N. Santa Fe Dr., Merced, CA
(209) 722-4660


Huntington Lake
Boating Regulations

  • 50 MPH daytime speed limit on Pine Flat, Shaver and Huntington Lakes.
  • 5-MPH nighttime speed limit on all waterways in Fresno County.
  • No Wake Zone: No wakes allowed/ 5MPH max. speed limit.
  • 5-MPH speed limit within 100 feet of swimmer, 200 feet of swim beach, swim float, docks or launch ramp.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit has the primary responsibility for the enforcement of laws and regulations relating to the operation of watercraft within the County of Fresno. The unit patrols the areas of Shaver Lake, Pine Flat Lake, Huntington Lake and the Kings River.


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Huntington Lake Launch Ramp

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