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Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
+1 805-489-1122
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Great hikes

Although the drought has lowered the level of the lake, it remains a beautiful place to hike,picnic... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California
via mobile
Lake is up to 61% as of May 2017

Lopez Lake is close to where we live, so we can go often. Always pleasant and fun. Easy boat... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
Arroyo Grande, California
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A picturesque camping, hiking and outdoor recreation area.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
+1 805-489-1122
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the drought has lowered the level of the lake, it remains a beautiful place to hike,picnic and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are several hikes of varying degrees of difficulty and all are worth exploring.

Thank psychjudy
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Lopez Lake is close to where we live, so we can go often. Always pleasant and fun. Easy boat launch. The "general" store right there is fantastic.

Thank Supertrack
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...More

2  Thank mariposa67
Reviewed 18 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
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
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...More

3  Thank CWS55
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
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...More

1  Thank Emmanuel B
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
Reviewed 31 August 2016

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

Thank Monika L
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When can we check in for camping? What time is check out time?
21 April 2017|
Response from mariposa67 | Reviewed this property |
I suspect if you look at their website it will tell you the check in and check out time. I only ride my bike up there and hike in the area have not yet stayed in the campground. The lake is now over 60% full and looking... More