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.
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.
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.
There are over 100 vacation rentals in Shaver Lake on Tripping.com. 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!
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.
Looking for a vacation rental in Shaver Lake? Tripping.com has 204 vacation rental homes available in Shaver Lake. You'll find 2 studios, 33 1-bedroom, 31 2-bedroom and 138 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $60 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Shaver Lake is $222 while the average price of a weekly rental is $1275. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Shaver Lake home is $5500.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 31 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Shaver Lake. In addition to accommodating pets, Shaver Lake rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 166 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 119 have TV and/or cable and 6 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 4 vacation rental sites in Shaver Lake where the top providers in that area are TripAdvisor, Booking.com, and HomeAway. There are 81 TripAdvisor rentals, 74 Booking.com short term rentals and 45 HomeAway vacation rentals.