|Lopez Lake Recreation
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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.
San Luis Obispo County Parks California Department of Water Resources California Department of Fish & Game
Park Ranger Office 805.788.2381
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. Coin operated shower facilities are available.
|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.
PICNIC AREAS / HIKING TRAILS
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.
LOCATION / DIRECTIONS
Lopez Lake is 184 miles north from Los Angeles
and 254 miles south from San Francisco.
Driving north or south on Highway 101 take the Grand Avenue
Exit in Arroyo Grande. Turn east onto Grand Ave and head towards the mountains. You will drive through old town Arroyo Grande to Huasna Road. Turn
right onto Huasna Road. Huasna Road becomes Lopez Drive. Stay
on Lopez Drive for approximately 10 miles. At this point the
road ends at the entrance to Lopez Lake. (Signs are posted
along the way.)
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Lopez Lake Recreation Area
6800 Lopez Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Email us at SLOParks@co.slo.ca.us
Photos by Dustin
Last Revised: August 6, 2014