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Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11am - 5pm

Outdoor Discovery Festival is sure to have something for everyone! Let us show you what San Luis Obispo County Parks has to offer. If you like to hike, bike, camp, fish, bird watch, kayak, horseback ride,, boating, golfing, and more.... this is the place to be! There will be exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the many activities available in our County Parks as well as local sporting and eco-friendly vendors. Grab a bite to eat from one of many local food vendors while enjoying live music. The main event will take place at the Vista Lago Day Use Area. Some of the activities being offered are:

  • Live Music
  • Nature Boat Cruises
  • Guided Hikes
  • Kids DEER Program Challenge
  • Outdoor Recreation Fair
  • Eco Exhibits
  • Nature Art Gallery

Experience mountain biking along the shoreline of Lopez Lake. Great for those wanting to see what mountain biking is all about. Easy to moderate, Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 15 participants.

12:00pm - 12:45pm
1:00pm - 1:45pm
2:00pm - 2:45pm
3:00pm - 3:45pm
4:00pm - 4:45pm

$6 Adults and $3 Kids (12 & under)
Enjoy a relaxing tour while learning the history of Lopez Lake Recreation Area and its natural surroundings. Boat tour approximately 45 minutes. Limited to 18 participants.

11:30am - 12:15pm
12:30pm - 1:15pm
1:30pm - 2:15pm
2:30pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm

This ranger lead hike will take you along the Vista Lago shoreline and Cougar Trail. Learn about the different plants and animals that inhabit the region. This is a great hike for beginners and families. Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 20 participants.

12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:30pm

DEER CHALLENGE - Discovering the Environment through Education and Recreation (DEER) Program is designed to forge connections between nature and the youth of our community by promoting and facilitating environmental education and outdoor recreation. Participants will choose from 20+ activities that are sponsored by our exhibitors. Once the participant has completed the activities they will earn a prrize! We had over 120 kids participate in our 2012 Outdoor Discovery Festival DEER Challenge.

ENTERTAINMENT - Grab some food, pull up a chair and relax with some live music at the Vista Lago Swim Area.

11:30am – 1:00pm

CUESTA RIDGE - This local band is a uniquely fresh blend of bluegrass, rock, country, gypsy, jazz and folk with a pinch of funk.  Catchy, acoustic rhythms meet guitar and mandolin pickin’.  Energetic bass and tasteful drums supply the foundation, while harmonic vocals relay the message that these boys like to have a good time.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

DAMON CASTILLO BAND - The band is loaded with master-musicians with diverse talent. Kristian Ducharme on keys, Jennings Jacobsen on drums, and Larry Kim on saxophone, and Damon’s amazing songwriting, vocals, and guitar playing belt out jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Their prowess comes through on every note, dynamically punctuating Damon’s soulful lyrics, at times mournful, and often larger than life.

3:30pm – 5:00pm

UNFINISHED BUSINESS - Unfinished Business is a Central Coast band formed in 2003 and specializing in what is arguably the best music of all time: 1960s rock 'n' roll.  The original members of Unfinished Business- David Hollister on drums, Jim Witt on bass and vocals, Ben Davis on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Ed Miller on lead guitar and vocals- all played in different local bands in California during the '60s, but they eventually set their music careers aside to pursue "real jobs" and raise families. The '60s are now long gone, but the members of Unfinished Business still have a passion for the music of that era and their "unfinished business" is to pick up where they all left off.  Long live ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll!

VOLUNTEER? For those interested in volunteering at our event? Sign up online at or email Kylee Singh at

VENDOR OPPORTUNITY - If you have any questions about the event or you would like to participate in the expo area please contact Lopez Lake at (805) 788-2381


"Thank You" 2013 Major Sponsors
Please give your support to the following businesses and organizations.
This event would not have been possible without their support.



San Luis Obispo County Parks
1087 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
(P) 805.781.5930, (F) 805.781.1102

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Last revised: April 22, 2013