Eastman Lake: Formed by a dam on the Chowchilla reservoir, this tends to be more popular than nearby Hensley Lake.

eastman lake

Eastman Lake

Eastman Lake: Formed by a dam on the Chowchilla reservoir, this tends to be more popular than nearby Hensley Lake.

  • Location: Road 29, Madera County
  • Distance from Merced: 43 miles
  • Distance from Los Banos: 70 miles
  • Operating authority: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Surface area of lake: 1,780 acres

Facilities and activities

  • Boat ramps
  • Flush restrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Visitor center
  • Campgrounds/group campgrounds with BBQ grills/fire rings, shelters, hot showers, RV hookups
  • Picnic areas with tables, shelters, and BBQ grills
  • Group picnic areas and shelters
  • Swimming beach
  • Playground
  • Dump station
  • Hiking/biking/equestrian trails
  • Wildlife viewing area
  • Softball diamond
  • Volleyball courts
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Hunting permitted
  • Dogs allowed? Yes

Horses and hunting 

Yes - a large network of equestrian trails and an equestrian campground are available.

Hunting allowed? Yes

Fish species

Bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie. Rainbow trout during winter months.

Boat rentals: No