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This large tree-less reservoir is on the edge of the Sierra Nevada foothills, near the Sequoia National Forest. It's a basic lake for fishing and boating, but nothing extremely scenic. Altho it is situated next to the Sierra mountains, there are minimal vegetation and trees around this man made reservoir. A few oaks scattered about at best. Anything else is planted. This place is at the southern end of the Sierras, next to the Lower Central Valley.

Tule Recreation Area and Rocky Hill Recreation Area have 2 boat launch ramps.
Lake Success, 29330 Highway 190, Porterville, CA / 559-783-9200

Success Marina has boating supplies, fuel, boat rentals (patio boats, fishing, watercrafts)
Success Marina 559-781-2078

Surface area = 2,450 acres. Lake Success = nearly 4 mi long w/ 30 mi of shoreline.
Lake can contain 82,500 acre-feet of water when full.
Army Corps of Engineers construction completed 1961.

Porterville is west of Lake Success, 8 miles. Hwy 190 is considered the gateway to the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The tiny Tule River brings the snowmelt to the San Joaquin Valley, for agriculture use & more.

nearby towns:

  • Porterville CA
  • Springville CA
  • Camp Nelson CA
  • Ponderosa CA


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    Lake Success
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Box 1072
    29330 Highway 190
    Porterville, CA 93257-1072
    559-784-0215

    Success Lake map
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