Directions: From Hwy 120 south of Sonora, take Hwy 120 east 4 miles past Buck Meadows. Turn on Cherry Lake Road (Road 17) and go 24 miles to the lake.
Cherry Lake is at 4,700 feet elevation with trailheads into the Emigrant Wilderness, Lake Eleanor, and
Yosemite National Park. The lake is about 3 miles long and is stocked with about 33,000 rainbows, annually,
in the 9-11 inch class. There are also Brookies and Browns. DFG has tried to introduce other species too. In 1990, cutthroats were
introduced as well as Coho and Kokanee salmon during the 1970's. Best time to fish this area is May and early June since the area
warms up in midsummer and drives the fish to deeper water. The water levels are usually drawn down by mid-summer and through the
winter. It is open all year subject to road closure for the winter. At the dam are two trailheads going to the Emigrant Wilderness
to the north and Yosemite National Park and Lake Eleanor to the east.