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Florence Lake

Sierra National Forest, CA
559-297-0706
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Ranked #4,463 of 5,049 Attractions in California
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Camping, Hiking, Motor-boating
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Short drive from Fresno, no crowds clean cool air and the fishing is great, be aware it is a windy 1 lane paved road, not too bad but you will be rewarded once there.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place is awful. The store is full of unfriendly workers, the lake is windy and fishing sucks, the mosquitoes thrive up here and rattlesnakes are everywhere. Let me add that the lake has very little water making a long haul from your boat to the campsites. I will not be coming back and I would recommend that you do... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Agree with other reviewers....very long, tedious, curvy narrow road to get there, minimal supplies at store (seasonal), mosquitos, rattlesnakes, and bears. Lots of bears. Lots of open granite. If you camp there, be sure to put all your supplies in the bear box. Not a good fishing lake. Any hikes from Florence are very long and rugged. The lake gets... More

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Irvine, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The ferry, actually an open boat, to the opposite side of Florence Lake is breathtaking. After dropping you off, you're on your own, hiking through a relatively flat trail that leads, eventually, to higher altitudes and the JMT. Love what's on the other side of the lake; not so much the lake itself.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Yes there are a few stunted trees here and there, but mostly rocks. If you enjoy rocks, this is the place for you. The 'lake' is man made and has unpredictable changes in the water level due to So Cal Edison's manipulations. Do you enjoy baking in the sun with yokels who haven't bathed in a week? You're in luck!... More

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Hawthorne, California
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Mosquitoes are horrible. Road is awful. No facilities. Fishing is not great at all. Shaver Lake is much better for children and families. Water level is so low there is no lake. Not worth the drive. Lots of snakes and bears around here.

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makawao
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Stayed up in Mono Hot Springs and drove over to Florence Lake for the day. I hadn't been up here in many a year. Unfortunately there was a fire west of Huntington Lake and plenty of smoke in the area. We checked out the store and the dog, Sue. Talked a bit with the store folk and some backpackers getting... More

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Upland, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Ok. First off the road is about as scary as it gets and people drive recklessly even though its 1 lane. We experienced WAY too many people driving WAY too fast. Blind turns abound. We had no idea it would take so long to get to this lake.... It was the drive that never ended and by the time we... More

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Fresno, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This lake sucks. No good fishing. There are bears, rattlesnakes, and a horrible drive. Do not come up here!!! It is not worth your time. Go to shaver or huntington lake.

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Palos Verdes Estates, California
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We had a rattlesnake slither right through our campsite. It really shook up a youngster in our group. We also had a bear tear up our gear one night. There are some sketchy 'regulars' up there as well. Loud, bud light types with childish antics that scare the fish and disrupt the serenity. We heard alot of gunshots every day... More

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