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.
Fortunately, much of the area surrounding the lake itself were unaffected, including our waterfront, boathouse and dock facilities. 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. However, our kitchen, lodge, and most of our cabins were lost so we do not plan on operating at this location for 2021. We will send out updates as progress begins to be made. 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.
Kennolyn Camps on Huntington Lake offered campers a small, close-knit community. The lake itself is truly one of the best kept secrets in the Sierras just 45 miles south of Yosemite. We often found ourselves one of the few boats out on the water. Campers enjoyed waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, art, cooking, horseback riding, rock climbing, backpacking, and much more. Chartered bus transportation from LA, Fresno, and the SF Bay Area make 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 for 75 years. We will leave these pictures on the page so we know what was and can be again at our beautiful lakeside camp.
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.