IMPORTANT LAKE NEWS:
Starting July 1 at Castaic Lake in Los Angeles County, personal watercraft (PWC) will not be allowed as the lake’s drawdown continues due DWR’s tower bridge project. The bridge improvements will help ensure Castaic Dam continues to operate safely and provides a reliable water supply during a major earthquake or extreme weather event. For more information, go to DWR’s website
Visitors are advised to stay safe during fluctuating water levels by being aware and staying away from hazards in the water. Boating capacity could be limited. Please follow advisory signs and flyers located throughout Castaic Lake.
SAFETY REASON: The PWC area location on the lake is making it difficult for boaters to co-exist for passing in certain areas of the lake.
Fisherman will be allowed to fish in this area after the area is removed. Please, be advised of the no fishing area round the intake tower and near the dam.
Several State, National and World record fish were caught a Castaic Lake. Castaic Lake is the largest state water project reservoir in Southern California, and contains over 11,200 total acres of parkland and open space habitat.
Park gates are open from sunrise to sunset, and admission to the park ends an hour before closing. The Park is open every day of the year, except December 25th (Christmas Day). Park activities include boating, world class fishing, hiking, walking, horseback riding, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, camping, picnicking, kayaking, sailing, plus simply enjoying nature and the great outdoors.
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is a reservoir of the State Water Project. It is one of the Project's largest recreational lakes and the terminal of its west branch. The site includes 29 miles of shoreline. A major attraction is the 425-foot tall Castaic Dam.
Castaic Lake has two bodies of water. Lower lake is for non-power boating and canoeing. Swimming season on lower lake runs from mid-May to mid-September. Upper lake is for sailing, power boating, water and jet skiing, and fishing. The lake is stocked with bass, trout and catfish. Boat rentals and a tackle bait shop are available.
Other recreational activities include hiking, biking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. Rental group picnic areas are available for up to 600 persons.
Location - Directions
The recreation area can be reached by exiting Interstate 5 at Hughes Lake Road, 41 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. From Ventura, it is 51 miles to Castaic Lake via Highway 126 and Interstate 5.
Latitude/Longitude: 34.5347 / -118.6108
Castaic lake is located in northern Los Angeles County, just 45 miles north of downtown L.A., and 40 miles south of the Grapevine, off the 5 Freeway in the City of Castaic. Exit either Lake Hughes Road, or Parker Rd., and go east.
To visit the main Launch Ramp, follow Lake Hughes Road 2 miles up the hill to the entrance - on the left.
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On weekends during the summer months the Main Lake can also be accessed by using the main park entrance on Castaic Lake Drive. From the 4 way stop at the corner of Ridge Route Rd and Lake Hughes Road, travel north on Ridge Route to Castaic Lake Drive. Turn right and the park entrance will be on the right in 100 yards.
After entering follow the signs to the West Ramp
Swimming is only allowed during the summer season at the Lower Lake Lagoon. The Swim Beaches are located on the west side of the lagoon. From the 4 way stop at the corner of Ridge Route Rd and Lake Hughes Road, travel north on Ridge Route to Castaic Lake Drive. Turn right and the park entrance will be on the right in 100 yards.
Once inside the park turn left and then take the first right to find parking lot #5.
Family camping in RV’s or tents is available on the east side of the lower lake lagoon. From the 4 way stop at the corner of Ridge Route Rd. and Lake Hughes Road, continue up Lake Hughes Rd. The entrance for the campground and 24 hour fishing pier is ½ mile from the 4 way stop on the left.
Contact Los Angeles County for information:
Vehicle entry fees
For more information, visit our CAMPING page.
Contact the park directly for information.
Please be advised: Castaic Lake SRA is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual State Parks Pass.