Located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, California, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is one of the top choices for camping and leisure trips. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, birdwatching and so much more. Many visitors to the Central Coast make Lopez Lake their staging area for visits to wineries, golf courses, historic sites, and Hearst Castle. The warm climate of the Central Coast makes Lopez Lake the ideal, year-round recreational destination. Once covered by the sea, the surrounding hills of Lopez Lake are rich with relics of ancient days and studded with oak trees. Over 175 species of flowering plants, and more than 150 species of birds have been identified within the park. The naturally beautiful canyons were once hunting and fishing grounds for the Chumash Indians. Later homesteaders and ranchers inhabited the area and harvested grain crops for Mission San Luis Obispo. Lopez Lake was then created in 1969 to provide domestic water for the Five Cities area of the Central Coast.
BOATERS NOTICE – QUAGGA MUSSEL
The following links will provide information regarding invasive species that could affect Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Areas.
Park Ranger Office 805.788.2381
Mustang Water Park 805.489.8898
Marina & Store 805.489.1006
There are over 350 campsites to choose from. Many overlook the lake, and others are nestled amongst picturesque oaks. There are primitive, electrical and full hook-up campsites available. Hot shower facilities are at several campgrounds. Camping reservations can be made up to one year in advance. Shower facilities are available for .75 for 3 minutes.
FISHING / BOATING
Nearly 1,000 acres of lake surface attract fishing and boating enthusiasts. Crappie, red-ear sunfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass provide the best angling in warmer months. Catfish exceeding 25 pounds are caught at dusk and dawn all during the year. Windy coves and the warm water are ideal for windsurfing, but canoeists delight in the tranquil waters of the secluded upper Lopez Arm. A marina with launch ramp, food store, tackle shop, and boat rentals operate year-round. Mallard cove provides a beach launching area. Swimming Hole
PICNIC AREAS / HIKING TRAILS
Individual picnic sites with shade, ample seating, larger barbecues and other amenities are found throughout the park. The Arboleda Group Day Use Area is perfect for family reunions, company picnics, club barbeques or special events, and can be reserved year-round.
There are numerous hiking trails for the adventurous types, and endless areas for those who want a peaceful and relaxing stroll.
Mustang Water Park, located in the heart of Lopez Lake, offers “wet and wild” fun for the entire family. Two 600-foot curving waterslides, a “Stampede” inner tube ride down a 38-foot drop, tot pool with mini-slides, waterfall trees, and relaxing picnic areas, are just a few of your choices for a fun-filled day in the sun.