Tenaya Lake

Lake with granite cliffs at its edge
Tenaya Lake

Quick Facts

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Caught between immense granite domes and clear Sierra Nevada sky, Tenaya Lake is the largest lake in Yosemite's frontcountry. Because of its remarkable scenic qualities, its inviting blue water, and its proximity to Tioga Road, Tenaya Lake is one of the most popular destinations for summer visitors in Yosemite. It is quite popular for picnicking, swimming, and canoeing.

Tenaya Lake was named after Chief Tenaya, who was the last chief of the Yosemite Indians.


Tioga Road is open to vehicles from late May or early June to sometime in November.

Getting Here

Located along Tioga Road a little less than 7 miles (11 km) west of Tuolumne Meadows.

Rules & Regulations

Tioga Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on this road ends October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings

  • Bears and other wildlife may be present on or near park roads, please drive with caution.
  • Be aware of potential hazards on park roads, including wet and icy conditions or debris in the roadway, especially in the spring or fall. 


The east end of Tenaya Lake has designated accessible parking spaces, an accessible vault toilet, and an accessible path that leads to open views of Tenaya Lake.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: March 14, 2023