Porterville, CA 93257
- Year round
Hume Lake is formed by a dam on Tenmile Creek. The dam was constructed in 1908 for the Hume-Bennett Lumber Company and was the world’s first reinforced concrete, multiple arch dam. The impounded water served as a log-holding pond and as the water supply for an extension of the flume, which carried lumber to the company’s lumberyard in Sanger (73 miles). Operations at the mill stopped in 1917 and the Forest Service acquired the dam, the 87-acre lake, and surrounding land in 1935. Today the lake is a popular recreation destination.
Campgrounds are located at Princess, Hume Lake, Aspen Hollow (Group), Logger Flat (Group), Landslide, and Tenmile.
There are two routes to access Hume Lake. The lake can be accessed from Fresno via State Highway 180 to the entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. Stay on Highway 180 at the intersection with State Highway 198 and follow road 6 miles to Hume Lake Road (just past Princess Campground). The lake is 2-1/2 miles beyond the intersection. During summer months, the lake can also be accessed via State Highway 198 to Quail Flat, and turning north onto Forest Service Road 13S09 (Tenmile Road) for eight miles.