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Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

Castaic Lake is just east of Interstate 5 in Angeles National Forest. This lake, located just N of Santa Clarita, California on Interstate 5, is one of many lakes in the area. A water reservoir project for the LA region, with nearly 30 miles of shoreline - means this place is a major weekend attraction. If you are looking to get away from the crowds on a sunny Saturday, this is probably not the place. Weekdays can be mellow.

Nearby reservoirs include - Lake Piru, Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake, Pyramid Lake. This is not one of those gorgeous, scenic, alpine lakes, surrounded by forests in the high country (look to the Sierra Nevada mountains for those gems). Castaic is in the dry foothills of the LA mega-sprawl. Wildfires are very common in these parts.

Lake Castaic is divided into 2 separate bodies of water:

  • Lower Lake (also called the Lagoon) is for non-powered boats: kayaking and canoeing. RV camping or tent camping in grassy lawns, with trees, near the lake shore. Swimming season on the lower lake runs from May to September.
  • Upper Lake is for the big boys and their toys. Sailing, power boats, water and jet skiing, and fishing.
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Castaic  9,000 acre  1,500' oak and manzanita Castaic Lake
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Castaic, CA 91384

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Castaic Lake SRA Campground

swimming and beaches at after bay, picnicking, hiking, 100 boat max.

Lake is approx. 30-50 minutes from downtown L.A. - without weekend grid-lock traffic

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

Boat rentals, bait and tackle shop.
Recreational activities include fishing, hiking, biking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Rental group picnic areas are available for large groups.

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  • Castaic Weather
  • Castaic Zip Code: 91384
  • Castaic Lake Boat Rentals 661-775-6232

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  • Castaic RV Park half mile from Lake Castaic
  • Los Alamos Campground @ Pyramid Lake - 17 miles N of Castaic
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