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“Great for families” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hume Lake

Hume Lake
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Activities: Fishing, Swimming, Motor-boating
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Owner description: A lake area offering many outdoor activities.
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“Great for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We love Hume lake because it is a respite from the Central Valley heat and there is so much to see and do. ^There is kayaking, canoeing, hiking, picnicking.

Visited August 2014
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San Diego
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“A lovely change of pace in the sequoias”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Almost every year, I spend a week running and camping in Sequoia National park, and one day of that week, I head over to Hume Lake to relax. The Sandy Cove side of the lake is public land, with beautiful "beach-like" sand and a wonderful lake for swimming, chicken-fighting, frolicking, or whatever else you might want to do. Kids will love playing king-of-the-hill on the big log that can usually be found (year after year!) floating in the lake. The beach is suitable for volleyball or the like (bring your own net), although there are places nearer to the trees where you'll want to wear sandals to protect your feet from seedpods and pine needles and such. The water is a lot warmer than your typical mountain pool, so it is particularly pleasant if you've been camping at higher elevation earlier in your trip. I normally do very badly with cold water and have no problem here. Sandy Cove has convenient bathrooms with well maintained pit toilets and a water spigot. Past Sandy Cove towards the dam there is plenty of space for trout fishing, and if you are really brave, there's a conveniently positioned leaning pine tree from which you can take a thrilling 40-foot jump into the lake. There are also some campsites around here, but I've never stayed in them.

It's about three miles around the lake, and it makes for a pleasant and easy run or hike. There's also a dirt jeep road over past the fishing area that turns into a really nice (and mostly flat) trail into the surrounding mountains. Make it a couple miles, and the trail opens up to some gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain range.

The far side of the lake contains a massive Christian Camp. The camp appears to be extremely well run, and is very well attended, so expect a large group of loud and happy teenagers if you head in that direction. You can buy gas at the camp, and also take advantage of their very tasty snack shack. Though the food is a bit pricy, their burgers and shakes are wonderful, particularly if you've been camping for a while. You can also rent rowboats and kayaks at the camp, or play some disc golf at their course. There's also a coffee place and general store, and I believe some other amenities too. While the camp kids do spread out a little for prayer groups or boating or the like, they are most heavily concentrated by the camp facilities, so if you don't like the hustle and bustle of a busy camp, just stay closer to Sandy Cove and you'll be fine.

Visited July 2014
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Point Pleasant, New Jersey
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“its perfect !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

we just went exploring and thought we would stop in for a little while. we spent 3 hours there and wished we could camp there. It is the MOST beautiful lake I've ever seen. visit the sandy cove too. amazing !

Visited July 2014
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Georgia
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“Compared to everything else in the area, this finishes second”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a Christian camp in the midst of the National Forest. The only reason we went there was because they sold gasoline. There were lots of people there, Everyone appeared to be having a good time. I think their reason for coming to this place is a reason different from most people who come to Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Surrounding area is nice. Lake is nice. Any number of people did not realize that cars were driving through; they just walked as though they were alone. There is also a camping section and a section with cabins not associated with the camp. Don't know anything about them other than they looked good enough.

Visited July 2014
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Michigan
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“Surprising”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Busy lake ...filled with tons of kids enjoying themselves. Didn't realize there's a Christian Camp there. There's lots to do...swimming, boating, paddle boarding... Good fast food. Wonderful friendly service.

Visited July 2014
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