This picturesque high sierra lake offers un-crowded opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and horseback riding.
Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis towards Prather. Continue through Prather towards Shaver Lake. Just before you reach Shaver Lake, turn right on the Dinkey Creek Road and travel 11.7 miles east to the intersection of the Dinkey Creek Road and the McKinley Grove Road. Turn right and travel 15 miles east on the McKinley Grove Road to Wishon Lake.
At Wishon Reservoir you will find Lily Pad Campground which is operated by Pacific Gas and Electric. 15 campsites are available first come-first served, no reservations are accepted. A fee is charged for overnight camping. There are active bears in the area so please store food properly and never feed the bears. Below the dam is the Upper Kings River Group Campground which accommodates groups up to 50 people. Reservations are required. Contact PG&E at 559-442-5576.
Fishing & Boating
Wishon Reservoir is an ultimate destination for avid anglers looking to hook up a German brown, rainbow or Eastern Brook Trout. The limit is 5 per day, 10 in possession. A public boat launching facility is available at the south end of the lake, no fees or permits are required. State fishing regulations apply.
Hiking & Equestrian
South of the lake you will find several trailheads that provide access to the John Muir Wilderness. Wilderness permits are required for overnight stay.
Horseback riding and guided services are available nearby.
Just south of the lake you will find the Spanish OHV Route. This route is classified as More Difficult. An easy route for experienced drivers but a challenge for beginning drivers. The route encompasses loose dirt, some granite, a few rocks, and a little uphill. The route is 3.5 miles long and takes 4 hours to drive. This route is not recommended for van type 4WD vehicles or full size pickups, due to some tight maneuvering near the wilderness boundary.
Services are available at Wishon Village near Wishon Lake. Wishon Village provides boat rentals, phone, and a campground with full RV hookups.
Contact the High Sierra Ranger Station at 559.855.5355 or during the summer you can contact the Dinkey Creek Visitor Information Station at 559-841-3404.