The Chowchilla Lions Club said Berenda Reservoir is now open for the summer season.
Last year, the city of Chowchilla wasn’t able to maintain operations of the reservoir because of budgetary and staffing issues.
The Lions Club volunteered to maintain and operate the reservoir for recreational purposes. The Lions said in a news release they are continuing their volunteer service this year as the city faces the same fiscal concerns.
Berenda Reservoir will be open Thursday through Sunday weekly from 9 a.m. to dusk. It will be closed Monday through Wednesday with the exception of any Monday holidays. Access to the reservoir for public watercraft will be closed or limited during special events, such as the fireworks display on July 2, or the Circle Boat Races July 9-10. The season is expected to last through August.
The reservoir has picnic tables and the Rotary picnic pavilion, along with Scout Island and restrooms. All facility/shelter areas are first-come, first-served and aren’t available for reservation this season.
Because of the lack of staffing, there will be no charged gate fees; however, donations (suggested amount is a $30 season pass fee) are being accepted at the Chowchilla Civic Center to help with operating and maintenance costs. If you plan on using the reservoir this season, the Lions Club said your donation will help to keep it open now and in future seasons.