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Old 05-19-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Need Vacation Spot in Central California Sierra With Lake

Can't take the bikes because in-laws and that side don't ride or approve of riding...
Looking for a place that small lids can have a blast, is not Tahoe poser spendy, and is ideally between Taho and Isabella because we are driving from So Cal so Almanor and those are too far.

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Old 05-19-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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June Lake
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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Shaver Lake is quite pretty. Further up the road is Huntington Lake which is gorgeous, but, water is colder.(fabulous sailing lake)
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:59 AM   #4
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Hume Lake - Kings Canyon NP - west side

+1 on June Lake - east side
Mammoth Lakes - east side
Virgina Lakes - east side
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:46 PM   #5
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If you're camping, Hensley and Eastman, both just North and East of Madera are
fairly nice. Like others have said, JUNE LAKE on the East side of the Sierra is nice and it doesn't seem to crowded. Bass Lake on the West side is crowded and expensive during the summer.
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Old 05-20-2011, 09:37 AM   #6
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Nice place way up in the boonies: http://www.edisonlake.com/

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,0.999756&z=10
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Check out Pinecrest Lake on HW 108, at about the 6000' level. Its a small (about 1 square mile in size) lake in the Sierras just north of Yosemite. The USFS has a public campground within walking distance of the lake. There are also cabins for rent. Plenty of fishing in the lake or Stanislaus River. If you are there for an extended period you have day trips to Yosemite, over the pass to Bodie State Park (an old mining Ghost town) and Mono Lake. You also have Columbia State Park, but its more tourist trap that anything these days. Also have the RailTown State Park in Jamestown (until it gets closed later this year).

From SoCal you can come up I5 to Tracy and then turn East through Manteca, Oakdale, Sonora and on up to the lake. Or you take 99 to Manteca (and plenty of backroad routes to turn off 99 at Merced).
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Check out Pinecrest Lake on HW 108, at about the 6000' level. Its a small (about 1 square mile in size) lake in the Sierras just north of Yosemite. The USFS has a public campground within walking distance of the lake. There are also cabins for rent. Plenty of fishing in the lake or Stanislaus River. If you are there for an extended period you have day trips to Yosemite, over the pass to Bodie State Park (an old mining Ghost town) and Mono Lake. You also have Columbia State Park, but its more tourist trap that anything these days. Also have the RailTown State Park in Jamestown (until it gets closed later this year).

From SoCal you can come up I5 to Tracy and then turn East through Manteca, Oakdale, Sonora and on up to the lake. Or you take 99 to Manteca (and plenty of backroad routes to turn off 99 at Merced).

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Old 12-14-2012, 02:51 PM   #9
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Any more ideas here?

We ended up going to Tahoe instead. Just too many problems with my wife's family as they are all indoor cats... My wife did find a neat place called Tahoe Meadows. Everything was great but the water is about 8 degrees too cold. Plus the wind came up every afternoon and made it all even colder. We were there in August.

Next time it's my choice (bold talk I know...) and I think I need some warmer water. All of the eastern Sierra lakes are too cold as I recall. My kids are 4 and 7 so if they gotta wear wetsuits then we are headed to Mex...

Thanks racers. Some great information here and I really appreciate it!
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #10
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Check out Pinecrest Lake on HW 108, at about the 6000' level. Its a small (about 1 square mile in size) lake in the Sierras just north of Yosemite. The USFS has a public campground within walking distance of the lake. There are also cabins for rent. Plenty of fishing in the lake or Stanislaus River. If you are there for an extended period you have day trips to Yosemite, over the pass to Bodie State Park (an old mining Ghost town) and Mono Lake. You also have Columbia State Park, but its more tourist trap that anything these days. Also have the RailTown State Park in Jamestown (until it gets closed later this year).

From SoCal you can come up I5 to Tracy and then turn East through Manteca, Oakdale, Sonora and on up to the lake. Or you take 99 to Manteca (and plenty of backroad routes to turn off 99 at Merced).
+3 on Pinecrest. Family friendly, because they have a swimming area roped off to keep boats out, rental boats, a snack shack with ice cream, and there is a big indian casino in Tuolumne for your indoor type relatives. The hike around the lake is about 5 miles, and the back side has much fewer people.

Shaver Lake is closer to you and has rental cabins. I was going to rent a cabin for a 4-day weekend, but they had already started dropping the lake level for the winter.

Another little known area is Star Lakes, but you will need a higher clearance vehicle. I don't remember it being that bad, but I don't think a sedan will make it. No ammenities up there, though, so you'll probably hear some bitchin from your indoor types.

I think the only three that have ammenities are Shaver, Bass, and Pinecrest.
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