Lopez Lake Camping

California's Best Camping

Lopez Lake, San Luis Obispo County, California
Lopez Lake, San Luis Obispo County, California

Lopez Lake Camping

San Luis Obispo County

Lopez Lake Camping

Lopez Lake Camping is spread along the shore of Lopez Lake, 13 miles east of Pismo Beach. Lopez Lake Recreation Area, including the campgrounds, is operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer water temperatures around 70 degrees, the lake is popular for boating, waterskiing, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. A marina with boat rentals is located near the campgrounds. A swimming beach is also nearby.

Lopez Lake Camping includes over 350 campsites from lake-view spots to scenic oak forest campsites. The campsites are separated into nearly 20 different camping areas across a low, rounded hill. Scattered oaks provide partial shade. Some hook-ups are available, as well as showers. Primitive sites have no hook-ups and are open to RVs, trailers, and tents. Full hook-up sites are designated for RVs and trailers only, with no tents permitted. Sites with electricity are intended for tents only and do not allow RVs or trailers.

  • Bandtail has 39 campsites all with full hook-ups.
  • Beaver features 23 campsites with electricity, but no trailers or RVs allowed. Make a short walk to showers.
  • Blue Jay offers 31 campsites with full hook-ups near showers.
  • Buck consists of 19 primitive sites near the lake.
  • Campaneros has 6 primitive sites.
  • Conejo offers 25 primitive sites near a playground and showers.
  • Cougar lists 21 primitive sites.
  • Eagle features 15 full hook-up sites.
  • Grizzly contains 13 primitive sites near Mallard Cove.
  • Hawk contains 25 full hook-up sites. Four cabins were added to this campground in 2017.
  • Lobo has 26 campsites with electricity, but no trailers or RVs allowed.
  • Mallard offers 9 full hook-up sites, near showers.
  • Mustang has 21 primitive sites next to the Mustang Water Park. Site #10 is a favorite.
  • Quail offers 48 full hook-up sites.
  • Squirrel contains 23 primitive sites within a short walk of showers.
  • Toro has 16 campsites with electricity, but no trailers or RVs allowed. Showers are within a short walk.

Included in Lopez Lake Camping are Group Camping Areas, Boat-in Camping Areas, and Equestrian Camping Areas.

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Lopez Lake Camping Basics
Lopez Lake Camping Location: Lopez Dr.,
From Hwy. 101 in Arroyo Grande take the Grand Avenue exit. Turn east onto Grand Ave. Eventually turn right onto Huasna Rd. which leads to Lopez Dr.
Campground Open: year-round
Distance from major cities: Pismo Beach: 13 miles
San Luis Obispo (via Orcutt Rd.) - 23 miles
Elevation: 560 feet
Number of Sites: 350+
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 ($13 fee for 2nd vehicle if space allows)
Pets: On leash, always attended, $3 per night
Operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks
Lopez Lake Office: (805) 788-2381

Reservations for Lopez Lake Camping
Prices shown above are for High Season.
October - March camping fees for some sites are $3 to $4 less
Reservations available: Reservations for camping dates at Lopez Lake are available up to one year in advance.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 40 feet
Wheelchair accessible sites: None designated
Full Hook-ups: weekdays $42, weekends $45, holidays $50
Electric Only Hook-ups: Off Season: weekdays $42, weekends $44, holidays $48
On Season: weekdays $44, weekends $47, holidays $48
Primitive Sites (water only): weekdays $28, weekends $31, holidays $36
Reservations: Lopez Lake Camping Reservations
Check-in, Check-out: 3:00 PM, check-out 11:00 AM

Lopez Lake Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire pits; some sites with electricity, some sites with full hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water
Showers: Yes ($1 for 3 minutes)
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Lopez Lake Camping:
  • Enjoy the lake for sailing, boating, waterskiing, and kayaking.
  • Fish for bass, redear sunfish, catfish, and more.
  • Hike along local trails.
  • Lopez Lake Marina has boat and water toy rentals, bait and tackle, a general store, a bar & grill, and laundromat. A boat launch ramp is nearby.
  • Vista Lago Adventure Park has rope courses and zip lines.
  • Mustang Water Park offers water slides, a tot pool, and much more.

Lopez Lake Campground, San Luis Obispo County, CA

Lopez Lake Campground

Lopez Lake Camping - Group Sites

Lopez Lake offers 7 group camping sites spread among the standard family camping areas. In addition to the rate per night, there is a $27 reservation fee.

Reservations: Call (805) 788-2381 to reserve a group site.
Fees: Large Group sites are $315 per night for up to 15 vehicles. Each additional vehicle beyond the 15 is charged $21 per night, up to a maximum of 24.
Small Group sites are $168 per night for up to 8 vehicles.

Facilities at group sites typically include a large round BBQ pit, a serving table, picnic tables (4-5 for small groups, 8-10 for large), water, and electricity. Restrooms and showers for some facilities require a several minute walk. All the sites are designed for tent camping. There are no RV hook-ups.

Large Group Sites

  • Campobello is near the marina. Facilities include a stage.
  • Del Norte is separated onto 4 tiers. The site is near Vista Lago Day Use Area. Restrooms and cold showers are by the Escondido Group Area.
  • Escondido is near the Vista Lago Day Use Area. Restrooms and cold showers are on site.

Small Group Sites

  • El Jardin is near the marina. Restrooms and showers are by the marina.
  • Live Oak is located near Mallard Cove. Restrooms and showers are nearby.
  • Pavo sits on top of Bandtail. Restrooms and showers require a short walk.
  • Sycamore is located near Mustang Water Park. Restrooms and cold showers require a short walk. "There is a lift station near the site that releases pressure which routinely creates loud noise."

Encinal Boat-In Camp

Encinal Boat-In Camp is on a remote shore of Lopez Lake. Access is by boat or on foot via a difficult 4-mile hike on the Duna Vista Trail. The single site is first-come, first-served. Amenities include 2 picnic tables, a fire pit, and a chemical toilet. A bear pole is provided for proper storage of food away from bears. Campers must bring in their own water and firewood. Everything packed in must be packed out. No personal watercraft (jet skis) are allowed at the site. Call (805) 788-2381 for information about use of the site.
Fees: $80 per night

Black Bear Equestrian Campground

Included in Lopez Lake Camping is Black Bear Equestrian Camp. The small group camp is located in a remote spot and serves those with horses. Facilities include 18 pipe horse corrals, a water trough, a large BBQ pit, tables, drinking water, and chemical toilets (reach a flush toilet by walking to a nearby group camping area). The camp is limited to 8 motor vehicles. Plenty of room for horse trailers is available. Several horse trails connect to the camp.
Fees: $168 per night plus a $27 reservation fee
Reservations: (805) 788-2381


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San Luis Obispo County Attractions

Southern Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County offer wonderful attractions and many scenic points of interest. Those enjoying Lopez Lake Camping have both the lake and the nearby beaches to enjoy.

  • Take a splash at Ravine Water Park near Paso Robles.
  • Fish from Pismo Beach's 1370-foot pier.
  • Explore the tide pools at Shell Beach.
  • Head out sea kayaking through the Dinosaur Caves.
  • Set out on a wine tasting tour through the San Luis Obispo countryside.
  • Hike up the Valencia Peak Trail.
  • Watch elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.
  • Explore Montana de Oro State Park.
  • Enjoy Lake San Antonio for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Find good camping, hiking, and mountain biking.
  • Head over to nearby Lake Nacimiento with excellent camping, fishing, and boating. Waterskiing is popular on the lake along with jet skiing. Visit the Lake Nacimiento Resort.
  • Take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle.
  • See all the animals at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
  • Spend a day at Morro Bay, visiting shops, beaches, and other attractions.
  • Go stand-up paddleboarding at Avila Beach or Morro Bay.
  • Visit old Mission San Miguel.
  • Go cycling around Cambria, set out on scenic Highway 1 or pick a quiet country road.

Key Lopez Lake Camping Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Quiet Hours extend from 10 PM to 7 AM.
  3. Campfires are only allowed in the designated fire pits.

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Lopez Lake Mustang Water Park, San Luis Obispo County, CA

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