Big Creek

Big Creek - the fire didn't take away it's charm. It's still a great place to take pictures!

There’s plenty to photograph in the unique little town of Big Creek. It centered around gold mining from about the 1870's until about 1915. In the first part of the 20th Century, Southern California Edison Company established a hydroelectric complex that operates to this day. The main attraction of the area is the big beautiful hydroelectric plant that was built during the Art Deco era.

The Creek Fire ravaged much of the area in 2020, but didn't take away all of it's charm.

The heart of "downtown" remains intact and full of life. There you'll find the Big Creek General Store, the Post Office, an old chapel, other old buildings with lots of character that are fun to photograph

It's a great place to take a day trip and include visits to nearby Shaver and  Huntington Lakes. Start by spending some time at Shaver Lake, then head to Big Creek. From Big Creek, you can take the road to the dam at Huntington Lake. Much of the road is one lane, it's very windy, and has steep cliffs, with spectacular rugged mountain views.  It's strictly for the adventurous types. Don't say we didn't warn you!



  • 60 miles northeast of Fresno
  • Best time to go: When the roads aren't icy
  • Entry fee: Free

Photo Tips

Take a wide angle lens, or a versatile wide to zoom lens. A tripod is recommended, but not a must.