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Chowchilla Recreation Area Day Use

Eastman Lake



Chowchilla Recreation Day Use Area is located at Eastman Lake and provides visitors with a scenic setting to enjoy activities such as fishing, boating, hiking and more. The lake is home to abundant wildlife and its 1,780 surface-acre lake is fed by the Chowchilla River. The Observation Center is also nearby, ideal for discovering the area's history.


Chowchilla Recreation Day Use Area is located at the beautiful Eastman Lake, surrounded by rugged oak-covered hills. Visitors take advantage of this scenic setting for fishing, boating and hiking. Abundant wildlife in the area includes bobcats, Golden eagles, hawks, Wood ducks and Bald eagles.


With warm summers and mild winters, visitors can take advantage of a range of activities including eight miles of trails available for hikers, mountain bikers or horseback riders.

Eastman is the first lake designated by the California Department of Fish and Game as a Trophy Bass Fishery. Crappie, trout and catfish are also popular catches.


The picnic shelter can be reserved on a day to day basis only. Camping overnight is not allowed. The picnic shelter holds up to 100 people. A playground, horseshoe pits, and flush toilets are also available for use.

Natural Features

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range, Eastman Lake boasts spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The 1,780 surface-acre lake is fed by the Chowchilla River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River.

Nearby Attractions

The Observation Center is an ideal stopping place to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.

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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
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Rocky Point And Mono Loops (Sites 1-37)
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21.8mi 100%
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