BOAT LAUNCH RAMPS NOW 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
Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Fishing is an all-year activity at Lopez. Crappie, red-ear sunfish, and largemouth and smallmouth bass provide the best angling in warmer months. Catfish have exceeded 25 pounds in Lopez Lake and are easily caught at dusk and dawn year round.
Lopez Lake is just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande off Hwy 101 about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Many Central Coast visitors make Lopez Lake a staging area for visits to wineries, golf courses, historic sites, and Hearst Castle—all easy drives from Lopez Lake.
Contact / Information Lopez Lake Marina Store 805.489.1006
Park Ranger Office 805.788.2385
Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Area
Cast your line into Santa Margarita Lake and you’ll find largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, redear and catfish. Fishing is good from shore or try your luck from a boat or canoe. Though noted for its excellent fishing and peaceful boating, the park also hosts a vast range of hiking and riding trails which offer breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Santa Margarita Lake is approximately seven miles southeast of Hwy 101 and Hwy 58 near the town of Santa Margarita. With thousands of acres of unspoiled open space, the park is home to countless species of plants and wildlife making it the perfect location for nature study, boating and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy other activities along the central coast including historic sites, golf courses, wineries and Hearst Castle – all a short drive from Santa Margarita Lake.
Contact / Information Marina Point Store 805.438.1522
Store Hours: Please call for most updated hours. Typically around the same time the front gates open and close.
The store is being operated by Rocky Mountain Recreation Company.
Now an established tradition at our County Park lake facilities, our fishing clinics at Lopez and Santa Margarita Lakes are meant for both kids and the young at heart. Youngsters and newcomers to sport fishing are given expert instruction by volunteers who are veteran fisher-folk from around the county. Kids learn the fundamentals of casting, reel and tackle care, and those special tricks to hook trout, bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill.
Due to low lake levels we are not conducting Fishing Clinics at this time.