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Hensley Lake
Less than an hour drive northeast of Fresno in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada enroute to Yosemite National Park. Lake activities include water skiing, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

This location is in the low foothills, probably about 1,000 feet in elevation, so it's a nice camping choice for late fall through early spring. Most of the area is blue oak savanna, which is marked by open, grassy hills and fields, with very little brush, and lots of blue oaks. There are also a few digger pines, more commonly called bull pines by local residents. As often happens in developed, heavily maintained campgrounds, a number of non-native trees have been planted, probably in a misguided attempt to improve the surroundings.

The lake itself is formed by Hidden Dam, a mile long earth and rock dam across the Fresno River. Interestingly, this river never touches Fresno County; it rises and flows mostly through Madera County, entering Merced County briefly far downstream just before it joins the San Joaquin River. Madera County was carved out of Fresno County in the 1800s, no doubt accounting for the seemingly misplaced name.

Area: Sierra Nevada Mountains
Address: P.O. Box 85
Raymond, CA 93653
(559) 673-5151
http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/projects.cfm?Id=L268006
Camping: Yes | Fishing: Yes | Day Use: Yes


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