Dinkey Creek Campground is a large, scenic campground located alongside its namesake creek in Sierra National Forest. The campground is shaded by a thick canopy of Ponderosa pines and cedar trees. There are several large grassy meadows within the campground as well. Dinkey Creek is a shallow creek surrounded by granite boulders that line the banks and dot the creek. The creek itself has 2 swimming areas, with the granite boulders providing great spots for lounging in the sun.

There are 22 campsites in Carter Lake Campground, all of which include a picnic table, fire ring, and access to drinking water, and showers and flush toilets. Dinkey Creek Inn is located near the campground and offers a small store for camping supplies, as well as a small coffee shop and restaurant. Food lockers are also provided, be sure to store your food properly as bears are common in the area around Dinkey Creek Campground. Mosquitos are also thick in the area in the summer time.

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Dinkey Creek Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 128 Campsites
Cost: $28-$60/night + $9 Reservation Fee + $7/nigh/extra vehicle
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: Yes
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Open May through Mid-October

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 37.07306, -119.15389
Nearest City/Town: Shaver Lake, California
Elevation: 5800 Feet
Location: Fresno County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: Store located less than a mile away at Dinkey Creek Inn
Directions: From Clovis, California, travel east on Highway 168 to Shaver Lake. Turn southeast onto Dinkey Creek Road and travel 13 miles to the campground.



(559) 855-5355

Web: Dinkey Creek Campground – Sierra National Forest
Reservations: Dinkey Creek Campground Reservations – via Reserve America

When To Go

Early Summer & Fall – The best time to go to Dinkey Creek Campground is earlier & later in the operating season for the campground, generally before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. This allows you to avoid the crowds, and take advantage of the warmer weather.

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What To Do

Swimming – Dinkey Creek has 2 swimming areas, which are carved granite pools on the creek. The names of the swimming areas are The Slicks and The Honeymoon Pool.

Hiking – The Dinkey Creek Trail is accessible from the campground. Also, McKinley Grove is about 6 miles away, which offers good day hikes through giant Redwood groves.

Fishing – Brown and Rainbow Trout are popular catches in Dinkey Creek.

Fun Facts

Nearby the campground is the Dinkey Creek Wood Truss Bridge, which is a unique bow-string arch bridge. There are no other bridges of this design in California, and very few in the world. The bridge was fabricated in the San Francisco Bay area and transported in pieces to Dinkey Creek, and assembled by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

The bridge, campground, creek, and several other nearby geographical landmarks are named after a dog named Dinkey, which, as the story goes, lost a fight with a bear and ended up dying in the area.

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