Hensley lake ~ Very close to Merced County with many facilities

PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Hensley Lake

Less visited than nearby Eastman Lake, Hensley Lake has almost as many facilities and comparable fishing.  Hensley Lake was created by a dam on the Fresno River.

Hensley Lake  - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Hensley Lake  - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

  • Location:  Roads 603 and 400 in Madera County
  • Distance from Merced:  42 miles
  • Distance from Los Banos:  69 miles
  • Operating Authority:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Surface Area of Lake:  1,570 acres
Hensley - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Hensley - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Facilities and Activities:

  • Boat ramp
  • Chemical/flush restrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Campgrounds/group campgrounds with BBQ grills/fire rings, shelters, hot showers, electric hookups
  • Picnic areas with tables, shelters, and BBQ grills
  • Group picnic areas and shelters
  • Swimming area
  • Playground
  • Dump station
  • Hiking/biking/equestrian trails
  • Wildlife viewing area
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Dogs allowed?  Yes
  • Horses allowed?  Yes, and a large network of equestrian trails are available
  • Hunting allowed?  Yes
  • Fish species:  Bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie, sunfish.  Rainbow trout during winter months.
  • Boat rentals:  No
Hensley - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT

Hensley - PHOTO BY ADAM BLAUERT