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    SoCal Lakes:

    A PARTIAL LAKE LIST

    California lakes south of San Luis Obispo.

    ® = recreation rentals

    Lake Arrowhead
    elevation: 5,500'
    closest city: Arrowhead Village
    recreation: boating ® (rentals only)
    camping
    canoe/kayaking ®
    fishing ® - trout, catfish, bluegill, crappie, & bass
    hiking
    horseback rides ®
    sailing ®
    swimming
    waterskiing ®
    description: private lake w/ limited public access
    contact: Arrowhead Rangers
    909-337-2444
     
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    Brite Valley Recreation Area
    surface area: 90 acres
    closest city: Bakersfield
    recreation: boating
    camping
    fishing
    description: located in rolling foothills, dammed reservoir
    contact: Kern County Parks
    661-861-2345
     
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    Buena Vista Lake
    Recreation Area
    surface area:
    Lake Evans 86
    Lake Webb 873
    closest city: Bakersfield
    recreation: boating ®
    camping
    fishing ® - trout, catfish, bluegill, crappie, & bass
    inflatables
    jet ski
    swimming
    waterski
    windsurf
    description: located in semi-arid South San Joaquin Valley
    contact: Kern County Parks
    Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area
    661-868-7000
     
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    Crystal Lake
    elevation: 5,700'
    surface area: 7 acres
    closest city: Azusa
    recreation: backpacking
    boating (non-powered)
    camping
    fishing ® - trout, catfish & bass
    hiking
    hunting - quail, bear & deer
    description: located in mountains
    contact: Crystal Lake
    626-335-1251
     
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    Frazier Park Lakes
    closest city: Frazier Park
    recreation: fishing pond, picnic park
    description: small pond in town center,
    near Los Padres National Forest
     
    Pyramid Lake (along Interstate 5)
    Quail Lake (East of I-5, on Hwy 138)
     
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    Glen Helen Park
    elevation: 1,000'
    closest city: Redlands
    recreation: boating ® rentals only
    camping reservations: 909-887-3480
    fishing ® - trout, channel catfish, & bass
    description: located near mountains
    contact: Regional Parks
    909-383-1912
     
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    Lake Gregory
    elevation: 4,502'
    closest city: Crestline
    recreation: boating ® (rentals only)
    fishing® - trout, catfish, salmon & bass
    hiking
    horseback rides ®
    swimming
    description: located in mountains
    contact: San Berdardino Parks
    Lake Gregory Regional Park
    909-338-2233
     
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    Hart Lake
    surface area: 18 acres
    closest city: Bakersfield
    recreation: boating
    camping
    fishing
    description: located in rolling foothills, dammed reservoir
    contact: Kern County Parks
    Hart Memorial Park
    661-872-3179
     
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    Lake Hughes
    Elizabeth Lake
    elevation: 3,300'
    surface area: 35 acres (Hughes)
    closest city: Castaic, CA
    recreation: boating ®
    camping
    fishing - trout, catfish, bluegill, crappie, & bass
    hiking
    hunting - deer & upland game
    sailing
    description: located in rolling foothills
    contact: Saugus Rangers
    661-252-9710
     
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    Jackson Lake
    elevation: 6,500'
    closest city: Wrightwood
    recreation: boating (no motorboats)
    camping
    fishing ® - trout, channel, catfish, & bass
    hiking
    horseback rides ®
    swimming
    description: located in the mountains
    contact: Big Pines Recreation Area
    Jackson Lake
    760-249-3504
     
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    Lake Isabella
    elevation: 2,605'
    surface area: 11,400 acres
    closest city: Kernville
    recreation: bird watch
    boating ®
    camping
    fishing ® - trout, catfish, bluegill, crappie, & bass
    hiking
    horseback rides ®
    hunting - quail & waterfowl
    inflatables
    jet ski
    sailing
    swimming
    waterski ®
    white water rafting
    windsurf
    description: Sierra foothills, dammed reservoir
    contact: Army Corps of Engineers
    P.O. Box 997
    Lake Isabella, CA 93240
    760-379-5646
    760-379-2742
     
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    Little Rock Reservoir
    elevation: 3,400'
    surface area: 150 acres
    closest city: Palmdale
    recreation: boating ®
    camping
    fishing - trout & catfish
    hiking
    hunting - deer
    description: dammed reservoir
    contact: Little Rock Dam
    Valyermo Ranger District
    805-944-1923
    805-944-2187
     
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    Lake Lopez
    surface area: 950 acres
    closest city: Arroyo Grande
    recreation: boating
    boat tours
    camping
    canoe/kayaking ®
    fishing ®
    hiking
    hot spas
    sail ®
    swimming
    waterslides
    waterski ®
    windsurfing
    description: coastal foothills
    contact: Lopez Lake
    reservations 805-788-2381
    marina & store 805-489-1006
    Mustang Water Slides 805-489-8898
     
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    Mojave Narrows Park
    elevation: 2,700'
    closest city: Victorville
    recreation: boating ® rentals only
    camping info: 760-245-2226
    fishing® - trout, channel catfish, & bass
    description: located in high desert area
    contact: Regional Parks
    714-383-1912
     
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    Morris/San Gabriel Reservoir
    closest city: Azusa
    recreation: shore fishing - trout, catfish & bass
    description: located in foothills, dammed reservoir
    contact: Mt. Baldy Ranger District
    818-335-1251
     
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    San Dimas Reservoir
    closest city: San Dimas
    recreation: shore fishing - trout, catfish & bass
    description: located in foothills
    contact: Mt. Baldy Ranger District
    818-335-1251
     
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    Lake Woollomes
    surface area: 300 acres
    closest city: Bakersfield
    recreation: boating
    camping
    fishing
    description: located in rolling foothills, dammed reservoir
    contact: Kern County Parks
    661-861-2345
     
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    Zaca Lake
    elevation: 2,400'
    surface area: 25 acres
    closest city: Santa Barbara
    recreation: boating ®
    camping & cabins
    hiking
    hot spas
    swimming
    description: natural private lake
    contact: Zaca Lake
    805-688-5699



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