Lopez Lake Recreation Area
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°F, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, zip-lining, birdwatching and so much more. 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.
BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS OPEN: As of January 23, 2017, both Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Areas have opened their launch ramps. Please check with the Ranger Office on current conditions as storms can create hazardous situations on the lakes.
QUAGGA MUSSEL NOTICE: The following link will provide information regarding invasive species that could affect Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Areas. | California Department of Fish & Wildlife
There are over 350 campsites to choose from. Many overlook the lake, while others are nestled among 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 also 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. Canoeists delight in the tranquil waters of the secluded upper Lopez Arm. A marina with a launch ramp, a food store, snack bar, tackle shop, and boat rentals operate year-round. Current lake levels can be found here.
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.
Vista Lago Adventure Park is a state-of-the-art high adventure ropes course with over 50 exciting elements that will test your abilities. It has 4 high-speed zip lines and a lower course for beginners. Unzip the adventurer in you! Mustang Water Park is also located in the heart of Lopez Lake and 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 cabana 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 of Los Angeles and 254 miles South of San Francisco. Whether you’re driving North or South on Highway 101, take the Grand Avenue exit in Arroyo Grande. Turn East onto Grand Ave and head toward the mountains. You will drive through old town Arroyo Grande and then turn right onto Huasna Road. Huasna Road becomes Lopez Drive. Stay on Lopez Drive for approximately 10 miles until you come to the entrance of Lopez Lake.
Lopez Lake Recreation Area
6800 Lopez Drive Arroyo Grande, CA 93420