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Lopez Lake Events Calendar

All Special Events, Program Activities, dates and times are subject to change and Park Entrance fees apply. If you are interested in staging a special event or activity at Lopez Lake please contact our Park Ranger staff at (805) 788-2381.

Questions? Please contact the Lopez Lake Ranger Office at 805.788.2381.

Last Revised: June 3, 2014

JUNE 2014
Program / Activity

Sunday, June 1st    Duna Vista Exploration Hike - 9:00am - 12:00pm - Dust off your hiking boots and join us on this ranger guided hike boasting views of the Santa Lucia Mountain range and Pacific Ocean.  Strenuous Hike.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the Wittenberg Arm Kiosk. Rain cancels hike.

Saturday, June 7th Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.  

Saturday, June 7th. All About Bats Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm  Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, June 8th  Know Your Neighbors: Plant ID Hike 10:00am – 12:00pm.  Join the ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about the Native Plants in the park. Meet at the Registration Office.

Tuesday, June 10th  Movie Night - CANCELLED

Wednesday, June 11th  Predators of the Sky Guided Hike - 10:00 - 11:00am - Meet at the Wittenberg Arm kiosk for a ranger guided hike! Learn how to recognize these awesome monarchs of the sky! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, June 14th. Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the
flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.  

Saturday, June 14th Geology Rocks Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, June 15th  .Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting  - 10:30am - 11:30am. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends Of Lopez Lake monthly meeting.  Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30am - 3:30pm  to participate in their project work day. After the meeting participate in one of the many projects FOLL is working on or help keep Lopez Lake beautiful and pick-up shoreline litter.

Sunday, June 15th Beginning Birding Hike – 10:00 – 11:00am Join a ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about some of the showier birds in the park. Great for kids, or beginning birders, of all ages. Meet at the Arboleda Group Day Use Area.

Sunday, June 15th Owls are Master Hunters of the Night - 9:00pm – 10:00pm - Bring the family, take a guided night hike and learn all about the owls in our park.  The hike will be moderate to easy.  Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.  Meet at the registration office. Rain cancels hike.

Tuesday, June 17th  Movie Night -CANCELLED

Wednesday, June 18th Scats and Tracks Guided Hike - 10:00am  - 11:00am - Meet at the Registration Office for a ranger guided hike! Learn how to identify animals by looking at the things they leave behind! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, June 21st  Learn to Fish at the Lopez Lake Kids Free Fishing Clinic - 9:00am  Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic.  The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Space is limited please sign up by 8:30am.  Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line.  All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish.  Rain cancels event.

Saturday, June 21st. Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the Ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.  

Saturday, June 21st Snake in my Boot Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, June 22nd. Ancient Oaks Hike – 10:00 – 11:00am Learn about the majestic Oaks at Lopez Lake. Meet at Valley Oak Day area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Tuesday, June 24th Movie Night -CANCELLED

Wednesday, June 25th Geology Rocks Guided Hike - 10:00am - 11:00am - Meet at the Registration Office for a ranger guided hike! Learn about the rocks in the park and how you can read history from them! Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, June 28th Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.  

Saturday, June 28th Night Sky Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show. Special guests from the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will be making a presentation, and they will have their telescopes set up for viewing the sky.


Special Events

Sunday, June 29th  June Bloom Fun Run - Starts at 8:00am Rain or Shine. Tiny Mile with Girls and boys divisions for 6 and under with a $15 race entrance fee. 5K and 10k races with various age divisions with a $25/$30 race fee. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each division will receive a medal. For registration information go to Active.com. Same day registration starts at 7:30am. Friends of Lopez Lake fund-raiser.

 
JULY 2014
Program / Activity

Tuesday, July 1st Movie Night  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, July 2nd Native Plants Guided Hike 10:00am - 11:00am. Join the ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about the native plants in the park. Meet at the registration office.

Saturday, July 5th Nature Boat Cruise  9:15am - 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, July 5th  Smokey Bear Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm. Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, July 6th Beginning Birding Hike  10:00am – 11:00am. Join a ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about some of the showier birds in the park. Great for kids, or beginning birders, of all ages. Meet at the Arboleda Group Day Use Area.

Tuesday, July 8th Movie Night  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, July 9th Predators of the Sky Guided Hike 10:00 - 11:00am. Join the ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about the raptors in the park. Meet at the Wittenburg Arm kiosk.

Saturday, July 12th Nature Boat Cruise  9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, July 12th Fins and Scales Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, July 13th Owls are Master Hunters of the Night  8:30pm – 9:30pm. Bring the family, take a guided night hike and learn all about the owls in our park.  The hike will be moderate to easy.  Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the registration office. Rain cancels hike.

Tuesday, July 15th Movie Night  8:30pm - 9:30pm. Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, July 16th Tracks and Scats Guided Hike 10:00am - 11:00am Meet at the registration office for a ranger guided hike. Learn about the animals in the park and how you can identify them. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, July 19th Learn to Fish at the Lopez Lake Kids Free Fishing Clinic  9:00am  Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic.  The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Kids will be given lessons by an experienced angler on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line.  All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish.  Rain cancels event.

Saturday, July 19th Nature Boat Cruise  9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, July 19th Bees Knees Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm. Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, July 20th Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting   10:30am - 11:30am. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends of Lopez Lake monthly meeting.  Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30am - 3:30pm  to participate in their project work day. After the meeting participate in one of the many projects FOLL is working on or help keep Lopez Lake beautiful and pick-up shoreline litter.

Tuesday, July 22nd Movie Night  8:30 - 9:30pm.  Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, July 23th Geology Rocks Guided Hike 10:00am - 11:00am. Join the ranger for a rockin’ hike up Escondido Trail. Meet in the Escondido parking lot. Wear hiking shoes and bring water.

Saturday, July 26th  Nature Boat Cruise  9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, July 26th Bears! Campfire Show 8:30pm - 9:30pm. Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, July 27th Duna Vista Exploration Hike  9:00am – 12:00pm.  Come join ranger staff on this exciting hike and experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountain range and Pacific Ocean. Strenuous hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the Wittenberg Arm Kiosk. Rain cancels event.

Tuesday, July 29th Movie Night  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, July 30th Native Plants Guided Hike 10:00am - 11:00am.  Join the ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about the native plants in the park. Meet at the registration office.

 

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AUGUST 2014
Program / Activity

Saturday, August 2nd  Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, August 2nd Creepiest Crawlers Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, August 3rd Escondido Spur Hike  10:00am – 12:00pm.  Come join ranger staff on this exciting hike and experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountain range and Pacific Ocean. Strenuous hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at the Wittenberg Arm Kiosk. Rain cancels event.

Tuesday, August 5th Movie Night  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Enjoy a 40 minute nature movie while enjoying snacks and beverages provided by Friends of Lopez Lake. All proceeds from food sales benefit the park.

Wednesday, August 6th Predators of the Sky Guided Hike 10:00 - 11:00am.  Join the ranger for a guided nature walk to learn about the raptors in the park. Meet at the Wittenburg Arm kiosk.

Saturday, August 9th Nature Boat Cruise  9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, August 9th Snake in my Boot Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, August 10th Owls are Master Hunters of the Night  8:30pm – 9:30pm. Bring the family, take a guided night hike and learn all about the owls in our park.  The hike will be moderate to easy.  Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the registration office. Rain cancels hike.

Wednesday, August 13th Tracks and Scats Guided Hike 10:00 - 11:00am.  Meet at the registration office for a ranger guided hike. Learn about the animals in the park and how you can identify them. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, August 16th Learn to Fish at the Lopez Lake Kids Free Fishing Clinic - 9:00am.  Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic.  The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Kids will be given lessons by an experienced angler on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line.  All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish.  Rain cancels event.

Saturday, August 16th Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, August 16th Wings and Things Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, August 17th Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting   10:30am - 11:30am. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends of Lopez Lake monthly meeting.  Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30am - 3:30pm to participate in their project work day. After the meeting participate in one of the many projects FOLL is working on or help keep Lopez Lake beautiful and pick-up shoreline litter.

Saturday, August 23rd Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, August 23rd Bears! Campfire Show - 8:30pm - 9:30pm.  Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, August 24th Ancient Oaks Guided Hike 10:00am - 11:00am  Learn about the majestic Oaks at Lopez Lake. Meet at Valley Oak Day area. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Saturday, August 30th Nature Boat Cruise 9:15am – 11:15am.  Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on the ranger led boat tour. The two hour tour aboard the park's pontoon boat will include topics such as the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and operational practices of Lopez Lake. Call the registration office at 788-2381 to sign up. $6 adults/$3 kids. 16 seat limit. Meet at the Marina. $10 park entrance fee.

Saturday, August 30th Smokey Bear Campfire Show  8:30pm - 9:30pm. Join us at the Nature Center next to the Marina for our campfire show.

Sunday, August 31st  Know Your Neighbors Plant ID Hike  10:00am - 12:00pm. Dust off the hiking boots and join us on this ranger guided hike to learn about the native plants in the park.  Moderate to strenuous hike.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the registration office. Rain cancels hike.

Sunday, August 31st  Owls are Master Hunters of the Night  7:30pm – 8:30pm. Bring the family, take a guided night hike and learn all about the owls in our park.  The hike will be moderate to easy.  Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes and bring water.  Meet at the registration office. Rain cancels hike.

 

Special Events
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SEPTEMBER 2014
Program / Activity
Saturday, September 20 - Kids FREE Fishing Clinic - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic. The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11a.m. to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line. All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish. Rain cancels event.
Special Events

Sunday, September 28 - Summer's End Fun Run
Starts at 8:00am Rain or Shine. Tiny Mile with Girls and boys divisions for 6 and under with a $15 race entrance fee. 5K and 10k races with various age divisions with a $25/$30 race fee. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each division will receive a medal. For registration information go to Active.com

 
OCTOBER 2014
Program / Activity
Saturday, October 18 - Kids FREE Fishing Clinic - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic. The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11a.m. to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line. All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish. Rain cancels event.

Sunday, October 19 - Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting and Project Work Day - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends of Lopez Lake monthly meeting. Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to participate in their project work day.

 

Special Events
Fri - Sun, October 3 - 5 - Scott Tinley's Triathlon - Register for this event through tricalifornia.com. Camping and day use are available but access to the roads in the park and the lake will be limited for the safety of the participants. Information: www.tricalifornia.com
 
NOVEMBER 2014
Program / Activity
Saturday, November 15 - Kids FREE Fishing Clinic - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic. The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11a.m. to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line. All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish. Rain cancels event.

Sunday, November 16 - Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting and Project Work Day - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends of Lopez Lake monthly meeting. Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to participate in their project work day.

 

Special Events

Sunday, November 23 - Turkey Trot Fun Run
Starts at 8:00am Rain or Shine. Tiny Mile with Girls and boys divisions for 6 and under with a $15 race entrance fee. 5K and 10k races with various age divisions with a $25/$30 race fee. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each division will receive a medal. For registration information go to Active.com

 
DECEMBER 2014
Program / Activity

Saturday, December 20 - Kids FREE Fishing Clinic - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic. The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11a.m. to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line. All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish. Rain cancels event.

Sunday, December 21 - Friends of Lopez Lake Monthly Meeting and Project Work Day - 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Show your support and share your ideas at the Friends of Lopez Lake monthly meeting. Join the Friends after the meeting from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. to participate in their project work day.

 

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2015 DATE TBA - Outdoor Discovery Festival
11:00am - 5:00pm come and discover the great outdoors with San Luis Obispo County Parks. Activities include Nature Boat Tours, Eco-Fair with exhibits and demonstrations, Arts & Craft activities and vendors. Live music entertainment will be happening throughout the day. If you like hiking, biking, kayaking and more. This is the place to be! It's a great family event and everyone is welcome. Day use fees are $10 per vehicle so make sure you carpool to this green event.
Info: (805) 788-2381 or Outdoor Discover Festival
 
 

Lopez Lake Recreation Area
6800 Lopez Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(P) 805.788.2381

Email us at SLOParks@co.slo.ca.us


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