Description Life at Balch Camp: Balch Camp is approximately 70 miles east of Fresno. It has a year around population of about 12 families, 45 people total. The powerhouse is on the North Fork of the Kings River, two miles upstream from camp. The camp consisted of company owned housing, dormitories and cookhouse for single men and traveling maintenance crews, a clubhouse, swimming hole on Dinkey Creek and a one-room schoolhouse. An icehouse and a few shop buildings made up the balance.