About Pine Mountain Lake
Pine Mountain Lake is a private gated community, situated 1 mile Northeast of Groveland, CA and 26 miles from the west gate to Yosemite National Park. A map of Pine Mountain Lake can be found here.
The lake is a man-made private lake for recreation use of the property owners and their guests only. It is spring fed and maintains level primarily from run off of Big Creek. The lake level has never dipped lower than 8 feet, even in years of low rain fall, and the lake is over 100 feet deep in some areas. It has 210 acres of surface water and 6 miles of shoreline, most of which is occupied by lakefront homes.
Pine Mountain Lake is a very popular summer vacation destination with the lake itself being a primary draw. Lake activities available include water skiing, sailing, boating, swimming and fishing. There are three sandy swim beaches, a boat launch marina with cafe, Lake Lodge Community Center and Beach, and a fisherman’s park/picnic area. Pine Mountain Lake Homeowners Association stocks the lake with trout, and there is also a healthy population of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and red ear perch. Kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, sailboats, paddle boats, and fishing boats can be rented at the Marina Store, and The Marina Grill is open daily from May through September.
Pine Mountain Lake also offers an equestrian center, beautifully maintained tennis and pickle ball courts, a community pool, a premiere 18-hole championship golf course and pro shop, shooting range and archery ranges, Country Club Bar and Grill, an airport, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and full-time security patrol. You can view videos of all of the amenities here.
Elevation of Pine Mountain Lake Community ranges from 2500-3100, putting it above the smog and below the snow line. Daytime temps range from the 30’s to 60’s in winter and 80’s to 90’s in the summer; and it is always cool at night. In the winter PML gets a light dusting of snow from time to time, which is typically gone within 1 or 2 days.
Wildlife in the area includes Deer, Mountain Lion, Black Bear, Bobcat, Fox, Gray Squirrel, Raccoon, Skunk, Possum, Turkey, and numerous other species of birds, including Bald Eagles.
The Pine Mountain Lake Subdivision was developed by Boise Cascade in the late 1960s; there are currently 3316 home sites averaging about one third of an acre each. There were more lots initially but many were "merged". Most lots in the Pine Mountain Lake are developed (2832 as of this writing). Housing ranges from log cabins and A-frames to grand stately homes, most surrounded by Pines, Cedar, Oak and/or Manzanita trees. There are 1 to 2 acre “horse” lot homes near the Equestrian Center, taxiway homes near the airport, golf course homes, and of course, the lakefront homes. Some homes (about 20%) are rented, either as full-time rentals or more often seasonal vacation homes when not used by the owners.
The community comprises a combination of year-round residents (about 1/3rd of the homes) and seasonal residents, retired folks and families, young and old. The community is always warm and friendly, and folks are always quick with a wave and a hello. Life goes at a slower and more relaxing pace here and it is a great place to live!
Organized groups, clubs and classes are numerous in Pine Mountain Lake and Groveland and include the Computer Users Group, Friends of the Lake, Wednesday Bridge Club, Resident’s Club, ROOFBB, Friends of the Groveland Library, Sierra Professional Artists, and Pine Needlers Quilt Guild. Clubs oriented towards outdoor activities include RV Club, Racquet Club, Pickle Ball Club, Shooting Club, Pool Wellness Club, Waterski Club, Garden Club, Groveland Trailheads, Yosemite Climbing Association, PML Aero Club, and the Aviation Association. There are also several organized golf groups including Ladies Golf Club, Men’s Golf Club, Men’s 9-Hole Golf Club, Ladies Niners, Ladies Eighteeners, Sunday Couples Golf, and Southern Valley Seniors Golf Group. With all of these clubs and organizations available, it's pretty difficult to get bored in Pine Mountain Lake!