Shaver Lake, California, United States
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Shaver Lake Information

About Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake, a small community on the southwest shore of a lake by the same name, is a quaint destination in California’s central valley. At 5500 feet above sea level, Shaver Lake is close to some of California’s best mountains—including Yosemite National Park. The manmade lake is named for C.B. Shaver, who founded the Fresno Flume and Irrigation Company. Shaver Lake’s proximity to California’s best wilderness makes it a top destination for a relaxing California vacation.

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Things to do in Shaver Lake

Spend a day enjoying the lake for which this community is named. Bring your own watercraft, or rent one at the Shaver Lake Marina. The lake is also stocked with fish, making it a great spot to spend the afternoon. The summer months can get quite warm, so the cool water will certainly be a refreshing break from the heat.

There are many opportunities to partake in an adventure here! Look for horseback riding, off-road vehicle tours, and mountain biking at China Peak Mountain Resort. If you’re a more experienced outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, bring your climbing gear and enjoy the vast array of granite formations to explore.

Shaver Lake is equally alluring in the winter as in the summer. China Peak Mountain Resort, mentioned above for mountain biking, is an active ski resort with over 40 trails for all skill levels. There are also many snow play areas for families to enjoy sledding and snowball fights! This area is also known for its snow mobiles, and there are a number of companies that provide rentals.

Day Trips from Shaver Lake

Yosemite National Park is only an hour and a half from Shaver Lake. To beat the crowds, go during the off season, approximately October through April. Yosemite is full of hiking opportunities for explorers of all abilities. The Mist Trail, a strenuous hike, takes visitors to three of Yosemite’s most famous waterfalls. There is a paved loop bringing visitors to Lower Yosemite Falls, which is handicap accessible.

Out of state visitors may be inclined to take the almost four-hour trek to California’s central coast. Visitors are rewarded with rugged coastline, diverse wildlife, and many quaint towns. Carmel-by-the-Sea has high-end shopping as well as local shops. Its temperate climate make it a perfect destination any time of the year.

Fresno is the closest major city to Shaver Lake. The Meux Home Museum gives visitors an insight into the area’s history in this restored house. Bring the whole family to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre, which brings live performances to this central valley town.

Accommodation in Shaver Lake

There are over 100 vacation rentals in Shaver Lake on Many rentals are cabins, providing the perfect ambience for your mountain getaway. Search for properties that have hot tubs to relax and enjoy this beautiful destination in any weather!

Transportation in Shaver Lake

Local visitors can reach Shaver Lake via Highway 168. Fresno Yosemite International Airport is an hour away from Shaver Lake and is serviced by many airlines. Shaver Lake is small, and many areas can be reached on foot or bike.

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Vacation Rentals in Shaver Lake

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Shaver Lake getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Shaver Lake offers 587 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 531 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 2 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Shaver Lake has 587 gorgeous homes with 81 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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