The Central Sierra Nevada is considered as the "Oreo" of an outdoor recreational paradise. This is because it's located between Yosemite National and Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks and there is never any entrance fee.
The community of Shaver Lake is in the Sierra National Forest about 45 miles from the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. When you can click on the little teardrop icon that is on the top of any page, you will see a Google Map of our facility.
Those from Santa Cruz to Carmel will get to the San Joaquin Valley via Highway 152 through Los Banos and finally Highway 99. Head south toward Fresno. Then take Freeway 41 toward Yosemite, then 180 east and then 168 east. Continue on 168, also known as Tollhouse Road once you get to the mountains.
If you are coming from the Central Coast via Highway 41, look for the Hwy 180 East exit. Next take the Hwy 180 East exit (the Kings Canyon exit). Once on Hwy 180 East, look for the Hwy 168 East exit (the Huntington Lake exit), take this exit. Stay on Hwy 168 which is also known as Tollhouse Road.
If you are coming from the northern California, head south on Hwy 99. As you come into Madera, take the second exit (Cleveland Ave.). At the stop light at Cleveland, turn left. You will cross Golden State Ave and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. Veer to the right, then again to the left and stay on Cleveland. It take you to Yosemite Ave. (Hwy 145). Turn left and stay on Hwy 145. You will come to a signal at Hwy 41 Yosemite is to the left and Fresno is to the right. Don't turn. Continue ahead to the next stop sign, which will be Road 206. Turn right and continue to the signal at the Shell Gas Mart. Turn left and after passing Lake Millerton and Table Mountain Casino you will come to Auberry Road. Turn left and continue to Prather.
Prather is a good rest stop. There are two mini mart service stations, MarVal Food Stores Super Market, CVS Drug Store, Ace Hardware, Velasco's Mexican food restaurant, a Subway Sandwich Shop, a Pizza Factory and Creekside Catering and Take Out.
If you are coming from the southern California, head north on Hwy 99. You can cut off approximately one hour by turning off at Kingsburg, approximately 20 miles north of Visalia. When you cross the Kings River the next exit (approximately one mile) will have a sign that reads "Fresno County Lakes", the exit is Mendocino Ave. Turn right and follow Mendocino through the town of Kingsburg through a few stop signs. Mendocino will go through the western edge of the town of Parlier and end at a stop sign at Adams Ave. Turn left and go to the next stop sign less than one mile to Academy Ave. Turn right on Academy. Academy will go through the town of Sanger. Continue on Academy across Hwy 180 on through a few stop signs until the road ends at Hwy 168 (Tollhouse Road). Turn right and follow the signs up Hwy 168 to Prather, approximately 15 miles.