Huntington Lake is located in Fresno County in the high Sierra National Forest just below the Alpine level, at 6,950 feet. The lake covers 1,435 acres and is 7 miles long and 1 mile wide and offers abundant year-round activities. Hiking, camping, cycling, horseback riding, backpacking, water sports, and sailing are popular during the summer. And when the snow starts falling in the Sierras, outdoor enthusiasts head to Huntington Lake for cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Upon first glance, you would never guess the beautiful mountain lake is in fact man-made. Before Huntington Lake was created, it was originally a basin used by the Western Mono Band of Indians during the summer and fall seasons. The original streambed that ran through the basin provided a plethora of natural resources for the natives. Deer and fish were plenty as well as the local berries and nuts, such as strawberries, gooseberries, elderberries, pine nuts and acorns.
In 1886 John Eastwood saw the plentiful water source and noticed the 4,500-foot drop in elevation from the basin to the San Joaquin Valley floor. He hoped to harness this natural element as a source of hydropower for Southern California. It wasn't until 1902 that Eastwood, working for Pacific Light and Power Company, selected Big Creek as the site for the hydroelectric project. Construction began in 1909 and continued until 1929 with a total of six dams, eight tunnels, three lakes (Huntington, Florence, and Shaver), five powerhouses and 248 miles of steel tower transmission lines. At the time, the "Big Creek Hydroelectric Project" was considered the second greatest engineering achievement, after the Panama Canal.
Huntington Lake was completed in 1913; it was named after Henry Edward Huntington who helpedfinance the Big Creek Project. Three of the project's six dams were used to create Huntington Lake. In 1919, raising the height of the three dams increased the lake’s storage capacity. Today, Southern California Edison Company (SCE) operates the project's dams and controls the water levels of the lakes. SCE lowers the water level of Huntington Lake in the fall after the peak recreation season to prepare for snowmelt and spring rains.
Huntington Lake was made famous when a World War II B-24 Liberator with six men crashed into the lake in December of 1943. Due to loss of hydraulic power, the pilot needed to make an emergency landing during a severe snowstorm and mistook the frozen lake for a mountain meadow. Two of the six men survived. Remains of the plane are still at the bottom of the lake.
Huntington Lake continues to be a beautiful destination full of opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Whether you prefer rustic camping or a cottage near the lake, Huntington has both. The California Land Management operates seven public campgrounds, mainly around the north shore, offering tent and RV camping with drinking water, toilets, and swimming facilities.Resorts and private condo rentals offer alternatives for visitors who prefer less rustic accommodations.If you are looking for cool summer retreats during those hot summer months, come up to Huntington Lake where there is always something to do or just sit under a tree!
Huntington Lake: Statistics
Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, DammedCompletion Year: 1913Water Level Control: Southern California Edison CompanySurface Area: 1,435 acresShoreline Length: 14 milesNormal Elevation (above sea level): 6,950 ft Maximum Depth: 128 feetWater Volume: 89,166 acre-feetCatchment/Drainage Area: 81 sq.miles
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We require a two-night minimum on weekends and a three-night minimum during holiday periods. A valid credit card (Visa or MC) is charged in full at the time of making your reservation. Online bookings are subject to a 5% increase agent booking fee and an additional 10% Resort Fee is added to all bookings.
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Please note that on weekends and holidays we have minimum stay requirements and your request for booking online will not show up if you enter one night when there is a minimum stay of two or three nights. When in doubt, always call the office to book with a clerk. Please be sure of your dates before placing a reservation. Lakeshore Resort is not responsible for acts of man or nature resulting in your inability to honor your reservation. If you make a web booking you will receive an email confirmation of your stay. Please check over your reservation details and call us if there are any changes to be made.
Alternatively, you may call the reservations office at: (559) 893-3193 to make your reservation with a reservations clerk. Phones are answered 7 days a week 8 AM – 5 PM Pacific Time. Thank you for your interest in Lakeshore Resort. We look forward to having you stay with us!
Very Important Information must be read before placing an on-line booking...
I understand that once I reserve this cabin, I am responsible for the total stay paid in full via credit card (Visa or MC).
I understand that my reservation is NON REFUNDABLE UPON CANCELLATION. We are not responsible for acts of man or nature resulting in your inability to honor your reservation.
I understand that Lakeshore Resort is a rustic resort built between 1922 and 1932. I understand that the cabins do not have TV's, telephones, radios, microwaves or toasters in them.
I understand that my cabin is heated by a propane heater, has hot and cold running water and electricity.
I understand that linens are provided for my cabin for the occupancy of the cabin and if I need fresh linens, I will go to the office or store before 5 pm to exchange my dirty towels.
I understand that upon four nights or longer, I will receive a maid check of my cabin.
I understand Lakeshore Resort reserves the right to change my cabin but only to an equal cabin or an upgrade.
I understand I may bring up to 2 dogs (maximum) and I will be charged an additional $15.00 per night, per pet. I understand I may not leave my pet unattended and that Lakeshore Resort does not allow cats. I understand that if I do not disclose my pet I will be charged an additional $50.00.
I understand that if I have a problem with my cabin, I am to notify Lakeshore Resort as soon as possible so they may remedy the problem and that Lakeshore Resort will do the best possible job fixing the problem.
I understand a cleaning and loss fee a, minimum of 50.00 may be charged if there is undue mess, damage, smoking in the cabin, or missing items. The cost is decided at the discretion of the owners and an itemized bill will be sent via email.
I understand that Lakeshore Resort is located at 7000 feet elevation in the Sierra National Forest and because of this I will experience conditions such as uneven ground, snow and ice, varied temperatures and weather changes. I hold Lakeshore Resort, the owners of Lakeshore Resort and the employees affiliated with Lakeshore Resort to no liabilities should I have an accident on their property. Lakeshore Resort and all affiliated will not be held liable for damage that may occur to my vehicle or myself by means of natural accident or everyday conditions of the mountains.
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Thank you for your interest in employment at Lakeshore Resort.
This is a brief introduction to what we are all about. We encourage all applicants to view our website by following the links above for a look at us. You may also call the office and speak with Gabrielle Kant, Operations Manager, with any questions about employment with us.
To apply, print out the online application form (100k PDF file), complete it and mail with your resume, cover letter and photo to:
Lakeshore Resort PO Box 197 Lakeshore, CA 93634
Please be sure to provide the following information when applying with Lakeshore:
· Cover letter telling us a little about yourself and your expectations.
· Completed application with reference phone numbers and contact names.
· A photo of you. This is required, as we do most of our hiring over the telephone.
Resume and employment history.
Lakeshore is... a year-round resort located 70 miles northeast of Fresno, California. The resort is in the Sierra National Forest at 7000 feet elevation and rests at the north end of Huntington Lake. Lakeshore consists of 28 rental cabins, a 20-space RV park, general store, saloon, restaurant, lodge hall, marina and 20-room hotel (not yet in service). Lakeshore has been under the present owners, Stephen and Melinda Sherry, since February 1988. The Resort has come a long way since the early years under the Sherrys. Upgrades in cabin structural support, interiors and exteriors have kept us busy and continue to remain a priority every year. Other plans include remodeling and opening the hotel, new roofs for the main buildings, a new kitchen for our restaurant and catering departments, as well as expansion of the restrooms adjoining the bar and restaurant. There are endless possibilities for us at Lakeshore Resort and we are always doing our best to bring our vision to fruit...thats where YOU come in.
Area Info Lakeshore Resort was built in 1922, and remains one of the last wooden structures of it's kind in California. Lakeshore Resort is the only year-round facility at Huntington Lake catering to every season with different opportunities. Huntington Lake is a man-made lake. Construction of the lake started in 1913. The lake feeds a power plant in a small town called Big Creek. There, the water is converted into energy that serves the Southern California area. There are three wildernesses around the Huntington Lake Area: John Muir, Ansel Adams and Kaiser Wilderness are spectacular to visit. Places to visit on a day trip while you are working at Lakeshore include: Yosemite National Park and Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Park. Both are approximately three hours away down the mountain - one to the Southeast and one to the Northeast. You can experience fantastic wilderness adventures right out of your R.V. or Employee housing door.
Things To Do
The Huntington Lake Recreation Area and surrounding areas offer the outdoor enthusiast many activities to explore. The lake is primarily a sailing lake; however, many use motorboats and jet skis on the lake. You can drive to the upper lakes in the backcountry and hike and fish them, as well. Mono Hot Springs offers a beautiful backcountry experience and the fun of natural mud hot springs. Some of the activities at Lakeshore and Huntington Lake include fishing in the alpine lakes and streams, boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and exploring either by car or on foot. The angler enjoys Rainbow Trout, German Brown and Kokanee salmon fishing.
The Pacific Crest Trail meets at Edison Lake, where you can fish and hike in the backcountry. Just 45 minutes away is the town of Prather/Auberry, with a full-size grocery store, Longs, Subway, pizzaand Mexican food. A 1-1/2 hour drive will take you to the towns of Clovis and Fresno, for all of the conveniences of the city. Usually, once you experience the beauty of Huntington Lake, a trip to the valley is just not necessary!
During the winter months, we enjoy Alpine skiing, at nearby China Peak Ski Resort, Nordic skiing, and snowmobiling on 175 miles of groomed trails. Another popular activity is snowshoeing. It requires little training or experience and can be done right out your front door. Winter in the Sierra’s is truly an exhilarating experience. With the beauty of snowfall come all the exciting activities that are worth giving a try.
Employee Info Other than the obvious experience of living in one of the most beautiful places anywhere, benefits at Lakeshore include employee discounts and fun company parties as well as a family comraderie that you only get working for a small business. Wages are paid hourly for all work that is performed. Employees receive 20% off in our store, 30% off in our restaurant, and $1.00 off on drinks in our saloon. We charge a minimal RV site rental of $100.00 per pay period, which works out to about $200.00 per month. This fee covers electric*, water, propane and sewer. Employees that require housing are charged $125.00 to $225.00 per payperiod, or approximately $250.00 to $450.00 per month. All employees are allowed *50.00 a month allowance for electric, if this is surpassed; the difference will be deducted from pay. All sites are metered. Housing is dormitory style so common areas are shared with others. Housing is dependent on employment at Lakeshore.
Employment at Lakeshore is attained on an "at-will" basis. This means that your employment may end by your choice or our choice, hence, "at-will". Lakeshore is open year round. We do not hire employees on a seasonal contract; we hire all employees with the understanding that we are a year-round operation, and each staff person's position is also year-round. Employment with Lakeshore is also based on an understanding on the need for flexibility. Employees are expected to understand this need for flexibility in the tourism/hospitality business.
Because Lakeshore is, in essence, many businesses in one, there may be times when employees are asked to do a job different from their regular position. In times of need, this may happen and it is expected of all employees to help in any area necessary. Many of our staff members hold multiple positions working in various departments and enjoy this scheduling as it gives them variety in their workweek. Also, it is important to know that working at Lakeshore is work - physically and mentally demanding at times. Lakeshore requires one to be quick on the feet and to respond, as our business circumstances are constantly changing.