Redinger Lake

Elevation 1,000'
Setting Redinger Lake is located on the San Joaquin River. It is surrounded by oak and shrub covered foothills.



To get there take Hwy 41 north from Fresno to the North Fork turnoff (Road 200). Travel east to North Fork; continue through North Fork 4 miles to the Italian Bar Road (Road 225). Turn right and travel 3.8 miles. Turn right again on Road 235 and continue 2.1 miles to Redinger Lake.


A public boat launching ramp is available. Water skiing and jet skis are popular at this foothill lake. Canoe and kayakers will find miles of shoreline to explore.


Camping is restricted to a large open area near the dam. Services limited, no drinking water or garbage pick-up available. No fee is charged. No campfires are permitted.

Fishing Redinger Lake provides anglers with a year round area to fish for German brown and eastern brook trout, small mouth bass, bluegill or catfish.State fishing regulations apply.
Services The nearest services are provided in the communities of Auberry or North Fork (seven miles north). These communities provide stores, gas stations, pay phones, etc.
History of Redinger Lake

Redinger Lake was constructed by Southern California Edison in 1951 on the South Fork of the San Joaquin River above Kerckhoff Reservoir. Redinger Lake is part of the Big Creek Hydroelectric project which includes a system of lakes, tunnels, steel penstocks and power houses that uses water to generate electricity.

The reservoir is named after David H. Redinger who helped plan and execute the Big Creek Hydroelectric project.

More Information Contact the Bass Lake Ranger Station at 559.877.2218.