• Fishing - One of the attractions

  • Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area

  • Dusy-Ershim Trail

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National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Conference


In November I attended the the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Conference in Big Bear, CA with some of the leading Wilderness Stewardship groups in the Country. Let me start by saying it was a great conference. The turn out was smaller they said than anticipated due to the Government Shutdown, but nevertheless there were plenty of groups in attendance like the USFS, San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, Friends of the Inyo, Sitka Conservation Society, Friends of Nevada Wilderness and many more.

The current Board Chair of the NWSA, Doug Scott gave what was an interesting opening and always was piping up with history lessons. If your interested in Stewardship and want to get involved start your own Friends Group or Stewardship group like Wilderness Corps and the NWSA will steer you in the right direction. I do have to say that, I would have never attended this conference if Adam Barnett, Wilderness Manager of the Sierra National Forest did not mention it to me in a email conversation we had.




Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Area


The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness  is in the Sierra National Forest east of Fresno, California. It is a place for camping, hunting, fishing and many other recreation activities. Many of the lakes are within Wilderness which is protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964 and therefore the subsequent laws.

The Dinkey area is known for its scenery and recreation, but it is a national forest in need of protection. It is one of many Wilderness  in California that  Wilderness Corps is working to preserve.

Sierra National Forest welcomes 1.5 million annual visitors, who flock to the forest for its scenery and recreation. The park is dotted with 5,000 homes and cabins. It’s known for opportunities in virtually every outdoor recreation activity — boating, camping, fishing, hunting, bicycling, horseback riding and hiking.

With its chaparral hillsides, alpine forests, lakes, meadows and rivers, Dinkey is scenic and diverse. It is home to threatened species, like the California red-legged frog and Lahontan cutthroat trout. Dinkey also is a habitat for the rare Pacific fisher, a shy, furry mammal, and the California spotted owl.

In 2014 we will be offering both backpacking and Stewardship trips were you will be able to lend a hand to protecting this area. Check out our Meetup Group for all the current details.

The Golden Anniversary

This month marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. The golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act is on September 3, 2014. We have kicked off a yearlong fundraising event with the goal to raise $100,000 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of this.

And it’s not just us, of course. Various groups, government agencies, and businesses have convened an umbrella entity, Wild 50, which is planning to undertake a host of activities, about which you can find out more by visiting Wilderness50th.org.

We have a lot of accomplishments from the past 50 years to celebrate, but this isn’t just about looking back. It’s about looking forward to what needs to be done. Wilderness is distinctly American. Wilderness protects the water we drink and the air we breathe. Wilderness improves the quality of our lives, provides economic opportunity, and provides places to hike, hunt, camp, canoe, watch wildlife, and soothe our soul in this fast-paced society. We need to pass those amenities on to the next generation. We have to leave this county better off than when it was given to us. That is the promise of wilderness for the next 50 years.

Dusy-Ershim Trail

Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 31 miles / 50 km
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly

The Dusy-Ershim Trail boarders the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness on the eastern side. An OHV trail which makes Dinkey Lakes accessible by many 4×4 clubs. The Dusy-Ershim Trail is and of an adventure itself. A very scenic trail that climbs to 10,000 feet at Thompson Lake, then rarely drops below 9,000 feet after that. You’ll pass several excellent lakes offering good camping and fishing. Almost the entire trail passes through wilderness, which is just 300 feet on each side of the trail. Stay on designated routes at all times. Do not camp within 100 feet of lakes and streams. Carry a fire permit and fishing license if applicable. No target shooting anywhere along route. Pack out your trash. Trail is for summer use only and is approved for ATVs and dirt bikes. Make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent in the warm summer months. Located in Sierra National Forest.

Wilderness Corps provides Stewardship in this area. We are looking for OHV Clubs to partner with. Contact us at info@wildernesscorps.com for more information.

Fishing – One of the attractions


This fishing in the Dinkey lakes in awesome. I think fly fishing is the best, but lots of folks catch fish on just about anything including lures. Just make sure your legal and have a fishing license along with a Wilderness Permit. Don’t let the name fool you. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is more than 30,000 acres of mountain meadows, pines, rocky peaks and gin-clear lakes and creeks in the Sierra Nevada Forest. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, at 6,000 feet, stretches across the western slope of the beautiful Sierra and is among the first couple stops on the forest’s main artery, Highway 168.

Fishing is off the hook but the fish seem to be getting smarter. Some folks were only able to catch 5-10 per spot before they would stop biting. Size was from 4″ to 10″ Rainbows. Almost all the fish were in the 7-9″ size range. Most would go airborne instantly on hookup and that was fun. Fish with all barbless hooks for easy catch and release. The fish I have heard to bite everything thrown. One gentlemen was using 1/8 – 1/4 oz Roostertails in Black, Pink, Orange and White as well as 1/4 oz Kastmasters in Gold and Silver and some large 1oz Krocodiles. The only think they did not seem to hit as much was the large Kroc in Silver/Blue combo. They were all over the Kroc with Silver w/red stripe, however.


  • Camp at least 200′ away from the lake and 50′ away from streams and 50 feet from the trail.
  • Camp in only designated Campsites
  • Contact the Local Ranger District and inquire about Fire Restrictions
  • You must have a California Campfire Permit to have a campfire, charcoal barbeuce, or use a gas stove or gas lantern.  The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect.
  • Learn about outdoor ethics