Shaver Lake is located on Highway 168 in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one hour northeast of Fresno, CA. The small resort village of Shaver Lake, at the 5,500′ level, looks much like it did 50 years ago. It is named for the nearby lake which is for the most part undeveloped. This beautiful, pristine mountain lake offers abundant fishing, boating, water skiing and other water-related activities. Winter visitors enjoy plenty of snow play just about anywhere. The biggest attraction to the area in the winter is snow skiing and boarding at China Peak Mountain Resort, a well-managed winter and summer resort. China Peak overlooks Huntington Lake, a renowned sailing lake at the 7,000′ elevation, which is about 30 minutes up the mountain from Shaver Lake. The Shaver Lake/Huntington Lake area is very much a quiet, seasonal resort area that bustles with fun-loving tourists during the busy summer and winter seasons.
Shaver Lake’s “Village”, the small downtown area has a variety of shops and restaurants and looks much like it did many years ago. The surrounding areas, short drives from Shaver Lake, offer some of the most beautiful natural settings, meadows, cliffs, granite domes, creeks and distant views imaginable. These areas include Dinkey Creek, McKinley Grove (old growth redwoods), Wishon Reservoir (6,500′), Courtright Reservoir (8700′), Edison Lake (7,700′ after driving over Kaiser Pass at 9,200′), and Florence Reservoir (7,700′ over Kaiser Pass also). The John Muir Wilderness and numerous backpacking trails are accessible a reasonable distance from Shaver Lake.
Hunting, lake and stream fishing, OHV and Jeep riding, camping, boating, water skiing and wake boarding, snow skiing and boarding plus cross-country skiing and snowmobiling on many miles of groomed trails are just the major outdoor activities one can partake in the National Forest surrounding the area.
The area is truly an outdoor enthusiasts dream, both winter and summer.