Dinkey Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed

Located adjacent to Dinkey Creek, the campground is spread out along the banks of its namesake creek in a thick forest of Ponderosa pines and cedars. The facility's high country setting with trees, streams and open space, make it a scenic destination for all types of visitors. There is a group site that can accommodate up to 50 people. The rest are a mix of standard or tent-only single sites. All sites have paved spurs, picnic tables and fire grills; accessible sites are available. Drinking water is now available at the campground for the summer of 2014. Both vault and flush toilets are provided. There is a Campground host on site and a picnic area located on large sandy flat above the creek at the north end of the campground.

An on-site amphitheater offers educational programs on summer weekends. Throughout the summer, California Land Management sponsors a variety of interpretive programs on weekends at the amphitheatre. Presentations by knowledgeable local experts cover topics on the history, constellations, wildflowers, forestry and others. The scheduled programs are posted at the campground, and the Host can provide additional information.  


At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day Use 6am-10pm
Reservations: Contact National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or http://www.recreation.gov.  Reservations can be made up to one day prior to arrival. 2 night minimum stay on weekends. 3 night minimum stay on holiday weekends.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: $34.00 Single site per night $68.00 Double site per night $202.00 Group site per night   $10 fee for each additional vehicle.
During holidays fees increase $2 per site.
Open Season: May - October
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Maximum group size= 6 per site
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault/Flush
Operated By: Concessionaire - California Land Management
Information Center: Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 for reservations California Land Management for campground information. Dates of Operation: Open Memorial Day weekend through September (tentatively).   Closest Ranger Station  High Sierra Ranger District
29688 Auberry Rd
P.O. Box 559
Prather, CA 93651

(559) 855-5355 Hearing Impaired
California Relay Service 711
Open: Monday-Friday
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm
For more information click here.  

General Information


Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis towards Prather. Continue through Prather to Shaver Lake. Just before you reach Shaver Lake turn right on the Dinkey Creek Road. Travel 11.7 miles east to the Intersection of the Dinkey Creek Road and the McKinley Grove Road. Continue north on the Dinkey Creek Road for 0.3 of a mile to the Campground.


All restrooms, 27 campsites, amphitheatre, and all sites have accessible tables and fire grills.

General Notes:

The Dinkey Creek Inn and Store is located nearby and offers a pay phone, small grocery store and fishing supplies. The Dinky Creek Inn Café sells breakfast items and sandwiches. Operating hours vary during the off-season; visitors are advised to call the Inn for specific hours of operation.  Accessible pay showers are also available on site while the Inn is open.


The Dinkey Creek Ranger Station is located nearby and is open 7 days a week from May through September. Other services are located in Shaver Lake, approximately a 30 minute drive from the campground. Cell phone service is not available in this area.

Dinky Lakes Inn: (559) 841-3435

This is Bear Country. Please store food properly and don’t feed the bears. Bring mosquito repellant. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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River and Stream Fishing

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Anglers can fish Dinkey Creek for brown and rainbow trout. 

General Info:


Two Restrooms

General Notes

Nearby is the Dinkey Creek Ranger Station which is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day through the end of September. Also, at Dinkey Creek is the Dinkey Creek Inn and Store. Store has provisions and restaurant.

Day Hiking

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Interpretive Areas

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Throughout the summer, California Land Management sponsors a vairety of interpretive programs on weekends at Dinkey Creek Campground. Presentations by knowledgeable local experts cover topics on the history, constellations, wildflowers, forestry and others. The scheduled programs are posted at the campground, and the Campground host can provide additional information.


Recreation areas with activity Swimming:

Dinkey Creek has 2 swimming areas: The Slicks and Honeymoon Pool, both of which contain pools carved out of granite.  


Interpretive Site: Presentations on weekends throughout the summer
Camping trailer: Maximum vehicle length = 35'
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Total sites = 128
Toilets: Vault/Flush
Drinking water: No

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