Prado Dam
Guide

Introduction

Located in Chino County, California, Prado Dam is a waterside retreat sitting just a few miles outside of Los Angeles. The reservoir is a popular fishing destination, with common catches including largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and trophy rainbow trout. The calm 56 acre lake is also a great spot for relaxed canoeing and kayaking.

In addition to the lake, you’ll find a number of recreational activities in the area around the reservoir. There are two 18 hole golf courses nearby, as well as a disc golf course that stretches along the grassy shores of the lake. You’ll also find a number of hiking and nature trails that cut through the surrounding area. There is an equestrian center nearby where you can board horses, take lessons, and go on rides.

There is one large RV campground situated next to the lake, featuring 75 sites with full hook ups for your campervan. The campground has modern amenities, including flush toilets and showers. You’ll be just feet from the water with beautiful views of the lake, making it one of the best campgrounds in the area for fishing and boating. You can also find a number of other campgrounds in the Los Angeles area.

RV Rentals in Prado Dam

Transportation

Driving

Located just outside of Chino, California, Prado Dam is easy to reach from Los Angeles, and you should have few problems getting a large RV to the campgrounds near the lake. The only hangup most visitors have to deal with is the notorious Los Angeles traffic.

If you are coming from Los Angeles, take I-10 to CA-71 and you’ll reach the lake in around 45 minutes. From Riverside, take CA-91 west and you’ll get to the lake in around 20 minutes. Driving from Anaheim, take CA-91 east and you’ll arrive in around half an hour.

The only significant issue you’ll run into while driving near the lake is traffic. Whether you’re coming from Los Angeles, Anaheim, or Riverside, you’ll likely run into traffic while driving to the lake. To avoid getting stuck on the highway, try to stay off the road during rush hour.

Parking

Public Transportation

Campgrounds and parking in Prado Dam

Campsites in Prado Dam

Reservations camping

Prado Regional Park Campground

There are 75 sites in the campground, all of which have electrical hookups, as well as picnic tables and fire pits. You’ll also have access to modern restrooms with showers and flush toilets, as well as drinking water and dump stations. There is a meeting room in the campground that can be reserved for group gatherings.

There are a number of recreational opportunities in and around the campground. You’ll have access to a disc golf course and sports fields, as well as a number of equestrian, hiking, and mountain biking trails. You can also easily access the lake from all of the RV sites. You’ll find a variety of fish species in the water, and the long shoreline of the lake is great for canoeing and kayaking.

All of the sites can be reserved in advance. Although there are usually open spots, you should book a site well in advance if you plan on visiting on a holiday weekend. Dogs are allowed in the campground, provided they are kept on a leash.

Prado Regional Park Campground

There are 75 sites in the campground, all of which have electrical hookups, as well as picnic tables and fire pits. You’ll also have access to modern restrooms with showers and flush toilets, as well as drinking water and dump stations. There is a meeting room in the campground that can be reserved for group gatherings.

There are a number of recreational opportunities in and around the campground. You’ll have access to a disc golf course and sports fields, as well as a number of equestrian, hiking, and mountain biking trails. You can also easily access the lake from all of the RV sites. You’ll find a variety of fish species in the water, and the long shoreline of the lake is great for canoeing and kayaking.

All of the sites can be reserved in advance. Although there are usually open spots, you should book a site well in advance if you plan on visiting on a holiday weekend. Dogs are allowed in the campground, provided they are kept on a leash.

Seasonal activities in Prado Dam

Off-Season

Disc Golf

If you’re tired of the water, head to the disc golf course located along the shores of the reservoir. The 18 hole course features a range of natural features, challenging players of all skill levels.

The course requires a small fee to play, even if you are renting an RV site at the nearby campground. The course is open year round, although it may be closed on certain holidays.

Disc Golf

If you’re tired of the water, head to the disc golf course located along the shores of the reservoir. The 18 hole course features a range of natural features, challenging players of all skill levels.

The course requires a small fee to play, even if you are renting an RV site at the nearby campground. The course is open year round, although it may be closed on certain holidays.

Horseback Riding

You can also explore the area around Prado Lake by horseback. There are miles of equestrian trails leading out of the main RV campground near the lake, taking you along the shore of the reservoir.

Although there are no horse sites, Prado Lake Equestrian Center is located near the RV campground. They give you access to horse boarding, as well as lessons and rides by the hour.

Mountain Biking

Make sure to bring a bike along with your rig when you visit Prado Lake. There are a number of mountain biking trails starting out from Prado Regional Campground. The trails near the park are suitable for riders of all skill levels.

The park itself does not offer bike rentals, although you can find multiple shops nearby that do offer rentals. The trails are popular year round, although you’ll have the best conditions if you ride in spring or fall.

Mountain Biking

Make sure to bring a bike along with your rig when you visit Prado Lake. There are a number of mountain biking trails starting out from Prado Regional Campground. The trails near the park are suitable for riders of all skill levels.

The park itself does not offer bike rentals, although you can find multiple shops nearby that do offer rentals. The trails are popular year round, although you’ll have the best conditions if you ride in spring or fall.

Horseback Riding

You can also explore the area around Prado Lake by horseback. There are miles of equestrian trails leading out of the main RV campground near the lake, taking you along the shore of the reservoir.

Although there are no horse sites, Prado Lake Equestrian Center is located near the RV campground. They give you access to horse boarding, as well as lessons and rides by the hour.

In-Season

Boating

With 56 acres of water and three miles of shoreline, Prado Lake is a great weekend boating destination. There is a boat launch located on the north side of the reservoir, and you can also launch smaller boats at multiple points along the shore.

Prado Regional Park does not offer boat rentals on site, although you can find a number of nearby businesses that do offer rentals. Boating is excellent throughout the year, although make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and cover if you visit the lake during summer.

Fishing

Prado Lake is a popular local fishing spot, with a wide range of species. You’ll be able to fish for largemouth and striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and rainbow trout. You can fish from along the shore of the reservoir, or take a boat out onto the water. Weather conditions are mild throughout the year, so fishing is excellent no matter the season.

There are no gear rentals at the campground itself, although you can find a number of bait shops within a 15 minute drive of the lake.

Hiking

RV campers will find a number of hiking and nature trails weaving around the edge of Prado Lake. Hidden Bear Trail is one of the most popular trails in the area, taking you down steep canyon passes. You can also more relaxed trails near Prado Regional Park Campground.

The weather in Chino County is fairly mild throughout the year, so hiking is excellent regardless of the season. That said, make sure to bring plenty of sun block if you hike during the summer, and try to get out onto the trail early in the morning.

Hiking

RV campers will find a number of hiking and nature trails weaving around the edge of Prado Lake. Hidden Bear Trail is one of the most popular trails in the area, taking you down steep canyon passes. You can also more relaxed trails near Prado Regional Park Campground.

The weather in Chino County is fairly mild throughout the year, so hiking is excellent regardless of the season. That said, make sure to bring plenty of sun block if you hike during the summer, and try to get out onto the trail early in the morning.

Fishing

Prado Lake is a popular local fishing spot, with a wide range of species. You’ll be able to fish for largemouth and striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and rainbow trout. You can fish from along the shore of the reservoir, or take a boat out onto the water. Weather conditions are mild throughout the year, so fishing is excellent no matter the season.

There are no gear rentals at the campground itself, although you can find a number of bait shops within a 15 minute drive of the lake.

Boating

With 56 acres of water and three miles of shoreline, Prado Lake is a great weekend boating destination. There is a boat launch located on the north side of the reservoir, and you can also launch smaller boats at multiple points along the shore.

Prado Regional Park does not offer boat rentals on site, although you can find a number of nearby businesses that do offer rentals. Boating is excellent throughout the year, although make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and cover if you visit the lake during summer.