Photo Credit Norman Shultz
Redinger Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information
Area Map #78 Miles of Shoreline: 10 Lake Surface Acres: 500 Elevation: 1400’ Address: Road 235 North Fork, CA 93643 Ph:559 877-2218
Meandering through the bottom of a remote canyon, this long and narrow shaped lake is located in an out-of-the-way and isolated territory on the San Joaquin River. The winding access road to the lake was in extremely poor condition, and was not suitable for large motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers, (actually, any vehicle that doesn’t have four-wheel drive), when I was last here.
The seclusion and solitude of this lake can be soothing to your soul. However, I don’t recommend paddling either Kerckhoff Reservoir or Redinger Lake alone due to the remoteness of the area and the lack of people in the vicinity, in case an emergency should arise.
There is a paved boat launch and a small parking lot that has restrooms nearby. Other than that you’ll most likely be on your own with not a soul in sight. Redinger Lake is a perfect location for only the more adventurous types. NOTE: Campfires are prohibited.
Redinger Lake provides kayak anglers with year-round fishing for striped bass, bluegill or catfish. Unfortunately, you’re liable to come up empty handed because the lake is not stocked with any fish by any fishery or by the Department of Fish and Game.
Open: Redinger Lake is open daily all year, twenty-four hours a day, with running lights at night. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. from sunrise to sunset and 5 m.p.h. at night.
Fees: There isn’t any day use or launch fee, but there is a fee to camp.
Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of a boat launch and chemical toilets. Boating, fishing, (it is not a very good location for fishing), and swimming. Jet and waterskiing are allowed at Redinger Lake. The lake is too narrow for windsurfing and sailing. All boats must travel in a counter-clockwise direction. NOTE: Bring your own water.
Directions: From the city of Fresno, off of Highway 99, exit onto Highway 41 heading north thirty-and-a-half miles. Turn right on Road 200, (North Fork Road), and drive about sixteen-and-a-half miles to the town of North Fork. Watch carefully for Road 222 (Auberry Road). Turn right on Road 222 and drive about six miles; then turn left on Road 235, (Redinger Lake Road). Follow Road 235 to the launch area. NOTE: The access Road 225 and Road 222 were in very poor condition. The roads are narrow, pitted and located in a desolate area. The same applies for exiting Redinger Lake on Powerhouse Road. It is an extremely long walk in a remote region, if you have car trouble.