All is well at our original camp in Soquel (Santa Cruz Mountains) but sadly our camp on Huntington Lake suffered severe damage in the September 2020 Creek Fire and will not operate in 2021. We hope to operate a small program on the lake in summer 2022 and will provide an update in January 2022.
Fortunately, much of the area surrounding the lake itself were unaffected, including our waterfront, boathouse and dock facilities. We are in the process of evaluating next steps and will send out updates when available. A heart-felt thank you goes out to the many fire fighters, along with Huntington Lake Volunteer Fire Department Chief Brother Chris Donnelly who lived at camp with us. There had been nearly 100 years of camp memories created there – starting in 1923 with the Huntington Lake Camp for Girls, Camp LaSalle in 1960, and Kennolyn in 2018.
We operated Kennolyn Camps on Huntington Lake for three summers from 2018-2020 and look forward to our next chapter there. Huntington Lake itself is truly one of the best kept secrets in the Sierras just 45 miles south of Yosemite. We often found ourselves as one of the few boats out on the water. Campers enjoyed the small, close-knit community and all the adventure of waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, art, cooking, horseback riding, rock climbing, backpacking, and much more. Chartered bus transportation from LA, Fresno, and the SF Bay Area made camp accessible from all over California.
While we are heart-broken by the fire’s impact on our camp, we are excited for the opportunity to re-envision our lake camp program. We are also emboldened with the knowledge that our original camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains can continue to serve our camp families as it has been doing since 1946.
Kennolyn Camps, Huntington Lake takes place on a site that is operated under a Special Use Permit from the USDA Forest Service on the Sierra National Forest, California. The camp operates on a non-discriminatory, equal opportunity basis.