Kerckhoff Reservoir

Elevation 1,000'
Setting Located on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River above Millerton Lake. Lake is accessible year round.



Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis to Auberry Road, turn left and travel 2.8 miles to the intersection of Auberry and Powerhouse Roads. Turn left on Powerhouse Road and drive 8.4 miles to the lake.

Camping & Picnicking

Smalley Cove located on the north side of the lake provides camping and picnicking. The campground has 5 campsites and 5 picnic sites. No reservations are accepted. A fee is charged for day use and overnight camping.

Fishing Since boat access and launching facilities are limited, fishing from the shoreline, canoe or float tube might be your best bet at this lake. Anglers can fish for eastern brook trout, small mouth bass, bluegill or catfish. The lake is open year round for fishing and state fishing regulations apply. State fishing regulations apply.
Services The nearest services are provided in the communities of Auberry (8 miles south) or North Fork (seven miles north). These communities provide stores, gas stations, pay phones, etc.
History of Kerckhoff Reservoir

Kerckhoff Reservoir was constructed by Pacific Gas and Electric as a part of the San Joaquin River Hydroelectric Project. As water flows from high in the Sierra Nevada, it travels through a system of lakes, tunnels, steel penstocks and power houses where the water is used to generate electricity for California. Kerckhoff Reservoir is also important to help control floods and store water for irrigation, drinking water and recreation.

More Information For more information contact the Bass Lake Ranger Station at 559.877.2218.