Welcome to one of the most magnificent reservoirs in the U.S., with 12,658 acres to enjoy. These waters feed the local communities and attract campers and adventurers from near and far. One of the most popular reasons for visits to this dam, besides the 29 miles of shoreline, is the epically tall 425-foot Castaic Dam. The park's two bodies of water provide a bevy of options for water sports.
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area caters to families, with playgrounds for children and tent and RV camping facilities. Fishing, hiking, boating, biking, and picnicking for groups as large as 600 people are a few of the other highlights at the park. The Angeles National Forest is around a two-hour drive from the park, and Santa Clarita is right around the corner, so you'll have plenty of places to explore nearby once you've wrapped up your Castaic Lake Recreation Area camping trip.
Biking, hiking, and horseback riding are favorite pastimes for visitors. Over seven miles of trails varying in length and difficulty wind their way throughout this scenic expanse. Along the way, you'll enjoy magnificent views of Castaic Lake. The single-track trails provide a challenge for mountain bikers.
Launch your motorized watercraft from one of Upper Lake's two boat ramps, or set out for a serene paddle at Lower Lake. Upper Lake is most popular with boaters and anglers, while the smaller Lower Lake caters to swimmers and those in powerboats without gasoline motors. Fishing is permitted in both lakes. If you forgot to pack your fishing supplies, you can stock up at Castaic Landing, which also offers boat rentals. The east side of Lower Lake permits shore fishing 24 hours per day.
The park also hosts regular family-friendly events, with one of the highlights being the annual Fishin' & Fun for Kids Day. Over 400 children come to the dam and enjoy support from sponsors and experienced anglers. The initiative aims to get children out to the dam and enthusiastic about outdoor sports and activities.
Camping at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area campers can enjoy a selection of camping options. Whether you want to rough it in a tent or camp in an RV, Castaic Lake has got you covered. No worries if you don't have your own rig — you'll find a wide selection of RV rentals in Los Angeles County. For those seeking motorhome rentals near Santa Clarita, California, Hesperia is convenient. Alternatively, rent an RV in Palm Springs or Long Beach.
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area campground features 65 sites for tents, trailers, and motorhomes. Hookups aren't available here, but standard amenities include restrooms, hot showers, picnic tables, fire rings, and drinking water. The maximum length for motorhomes is 35 feet.
Exploring the Area
The closest city to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is Santa Clarita, where you'll find the usual urban pursuits alongside a few leisurely outdoor activities. You can refuel your camper rental or grab a bite to eat in Santa Clarita before setting out on your next adventure.
Gibbon Conservation Center is an hour’s drive from Castaic Lake State Recreation Area. This is an educational destination that focuses on the conservation, protection, and rehabilitation of gibbon monkeys. These "singing" monkeys are truly a special breed and well worth seeing on your Castaic Lake State Recreation Area camping trip. The center offers public tours, private tours, and a number of exciting programs. If you really want to get involved, you can even apply to become a volunteer assistant for a day.
Desert Pines County Wildlife Sanctuary is also about an hour’s drive from Castaic Lake State Recreation Area. This small 100-acre conservation center lies on the outskirts of the Mojave Desert and makes an excellent place for a hike through the arid wilderness. Along your walk through this biodiverse wilderness, you'll pass by a diverse array of desert flora, including the Joshua tree. Bring plenty of water for your hike, as the walk can be strenuous.
Located an hour and a half from Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is Orange County Zoo, where you can see several species that call the American Southwest their home. The kids will especially love the barnyard will all the usual farm animals. The zoo is located within Irvine Regional Park, which boasts scenic trails venturing past a pond, scenic waterfall, and picnic areas.
Once you've had enough wildlife watching or if you'd rather stay closer to the park, venture 40 minutes southeast to Los Angeles. Here, you'll find all the big-city attractions you and your camping crew can handle.
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