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Lopez Lake Recreation Area

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Address: Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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A picturesque camping, hiking and outdoor recreation area.

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Looking much better after the rainy season!

Lopez Lake was down to just 20% filled before the rainy season started this year. The boat launch ramp was actually closed and the poor concessionaire was barely hanging in... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Arroyo Grande, California
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Arroyo Grande, California
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107 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Lopez Lake was down to just 20% filled before the rainy season started this year. The boat launch ramp was actually closed and the poor concessionaire was barely hanging in. Things are looking up now and the lake is over 50% filled and more rain is projected next week. This is a great place to visit for a day hike,to... More 

2 Thank mariposa67
Las Vegas, Nevada
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Love coming to this lake, coming here for 15 years for family reunions. Lake a little dry, but will come again this summer.

1 Thank MrRS-lv-sm
Arroyo Grande, California
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

We took the grandchildren up to Lopez where they wore themselves out on the water slide and slept all the way home. A relaxing day can be had in the country at Lopez Lake.

1 Thank Ralph B
Ventura, CA
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265 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Camped at Lake Lopez for the first time for two nights. About nine miles out of Arroyo Grande, the rec are is set on Lake Lopez which is rapidly dwindling in size. You can still launch powerless boats and canoes and it is a nice lake. They have many campgrounds. We stayed in Quail. Water, electric and sewer available. Most... More 

3 Thank CWS55
Coolum Beach, Australia
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Loved seeing the abundance of Deer in this beautiful park. It must be amazing when the Dam is full. Can't wait to go back one day and have another crack at the waterpark!!

1 Thank Chris B
South Pasadena, California
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130 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

We went to Vista Lago Adventure park (see my review) but passed through the kiosk and all the campers having fun. Sadly the drought has lowered the lake but you can still see how big it is and I can't wait for it to fill up again. There wild turkeys and deer just roaming around the park. Great family fun!!

1 Thank Emmanuel B
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81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We love Lopez Lake, but the drought is really hurting the area. The level is too low to launch your own boat, however there are boats for rent that are already in the water.

Thank Brad O
Pioneertown, California
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139 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We took lots of photographs of this beautiful area. Well worth seeing. Do recommend this lake for a visit.

Thank Monika L
Oceano, California
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96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Only bar and restaurant on Lopez Lake, bar prices fairly reasonable , food not very good and pricey for what you get

Thank oceanogary
Pismo Beach, California
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

The lake is so low. Very sad. WE NEED RAIN!!! Boat ramp recently closed because the water in the lake is too far from it.

1 Thank pismomama

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