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Central Coast Lakes

Central Coast Lakes Overview

Central Coast

Central Coast lakes offer boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and other activities. These offer rentals for fishing boat, pontoon boats, ski boats, Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, WaveRunner, paddle boat, paddleboard, canoe and kayak. Most have boat launch ramps and marinas that provide fuel, food & drink, cafés, fishing tackle and camping supplies. Several Central Coast lakes offer lake camping and some even include boat-in camping. Lakes to choose from include the large San Antonio and Nacimiento Lakes situated in the heart of Central Coast wine country and offering up to 165 miles of shoreline, or the popular Lopez and Cachuma Lakes out of Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara. Refer to our campgrounds page for info on camping at any of these beautiful Central Coast lakes.

Central Coast Lakes

Anderson Lake is located off Highway 101 north of Morgan Hill. Anderson is 7-miles long with activities including boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include picnic areas, a paved bike trail, nature trail and boat launch ramp. Anderson supports fish species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, spotted bass, white bass, rainbow trout, crappie, catfish and walleye.

Anderson Lake County Park
19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(408) 779-3634

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Coyote Lake is located off Highway 101 northeast of Gilroy. Coyote is 3-miles long with activities including boating, water-skiing, fishing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, camping, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include a visitor center, campground, picnic areas and boat launch ramp. Coyote supports fish species like bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, carp and black bass.

Coyote Lake
Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
10840 Coyote Lake Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 842-7800

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Lake San Antonio is located off Highway 101 between King City and Paso Robles. San Antonio is 17-miles long with 65 miles of shoreline. Activities include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Amenities include lodging, campgrounds, a café and marina. Boat rentals are available at the marina and include pontoon boats and ski boats with skim tubes, kneeboards and more. San Antonio supports fish species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, crappie, channel catfish, bluegill, carp, squawfish, shad, redear sunfish and giant goldfish.

NOTICE: San Antonio Reservoir has ceased operation until further notice due to the California drought.

Lake San Antonio
74255 San Antonio Road
Bradley, CA 93426
(805) 472-2313

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Lake Nacimiento is located off Highway 101 northwest of Paso Robles. Nacimiento is 10-miles long with 165 miles of shoreline. Activities include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. Amenities include lodging, campgrounds, a lakeside grill and marina. Boat rentals are available at the marina and include ski boats, pontoon boats, fishing boat, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), inflatables, water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards and kayaks. Nacimiento supports fish species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, carp, and bluegill.

Lake Nacimiento Resort
10625 Nacimiento Lake Drive
Bradley, CA 93426
(805) 238-3256

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Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake is located off Highways 101 and 58 northeast of San Luis Obispo. Santa Margarita is 4-miles long with activities like boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. No human contact is allowed with the water, so swimming and water-skiing are not allowed. Swimming is available at a community pool. Amenities include a campground and marina. Boat rentals are available at the marina and include fishing boat, canoe and kayak. Santa Margarita supports fish species like redear sunfish, striped bass, trout, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Boat-in campsites are available.

Santa Margarita Lake
4695 Santa Margarita Lake Road
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
(805) 788-2397

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Lopez Lake is located off Highway 101 east of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande. Lopez is 3-miles long lake with 22 miles of shoreline. Activities include boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping. Amenities include a campground, general store, tackle shop, laundry room and bar & grill with TVs, billiards and games. Boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, patio boats and pleasure boats. Personal watercraft rentals include jet ski, paddle boat, stand-up paddleboard (SUP), canoe and kayak including double kayak as well as ski/tube/board equipment. Lopez supports fish species like crappie, red-ear sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass catfish and rainbow trout in cooler months. Mustang Water Slides is a water park located within the park.

Lopez Lake Recreation Area
6800 Lopez Drive
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 788-2381

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Lake Cachuma is located off Highways 101 and 154 northwest of Santa Barbara. Cachumais 6-miles long with activities including boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. No human contact is allowed with the lake, so swimming and water-skiing are not allowed. Swimming is available at a community pool. Amenities include lodging, campgrounds and a marina. Cachuma Marina offers boat rentals for fishing boats, pontoon boats and kayaks including double kayak rentals. Cachuma supports fish species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, redear sunfish, catfish, crappie, carp, bluegill and trout in cooler months.

Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
2225 Highway 154
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 568-2467

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Lake Casitas is located off Highway 101 northwest of Paso Robles. Casitas is 3-miles long with activities including boating, fishing, biking, disc golf, camping and wildlife viewing. Amenities include campgrounds, a lakeside café and marina. Boat and bike rentals are available at the marina. Casitas supports fish species like largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, red-ear sunfish, bluegill and channel catfish. Casitas Water Adventure is a water park located within the park.

Lake Casitas Recreation Area
11311 Santa Ana Road
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 649-2233

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Lake Piru is located east of Ventura off Highway 126 (Telegraph Road). Piru is 2-miles long with activities including boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, camping and picnicking. Amenities include a campground, marina, boat launch ramp, snack bar and general store. Boat rentals include pontoon boats, fishing boat, paddle boats, stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and kayak including double kayak rentals. Piru supports fish species like largemouth bass, rainbow trout, red ear, crappie, catfish and bluegill.

Lake Piru Recreation Area
Piru Canyon Road
Piru, CA 93040
(805) 521-1500

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