The Courtright Reservoir is a lake reservoir located within California’s Sierra National Forest, about 215 miles (346 km) east of San Jose, California. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the reservoir is accessible by the public May through November and offers secluded hiking trails, mountain peaks, and lake access, excellent for boating and fishing, with wide open night skies suited for gazing. Occasional stargazing events are hosted at the reservoir by local astronomy organizations and groups, including NASA’s local Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Please note that while camping is allowed, they are first-come-first-served without any reservations accepted. For more information, visit online or call 559-855-5355 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
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