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What: Lopez Lake Recreation Area – Interpretive hikes, boat trips and more
When: Open daily
Reservation Needed: No – Contact Lopez Lake for activities schedule and more detailed information.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is one of the top choices for camping, leisure trips and interpretive hikes and boating with Rangers. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, birdwatching and so much more. Many visitors to the Central Coast make Lopez Lake their staging area for visits to wineries, golf courses, historic sites and Hearst Castle. The warm climate of the Central Coast makes Lopez Lake the ideal, your-round recreational destination.

Once covered by the sea, the surrounding hills of Lopez Lake are rich with relics of ancient days and studded with oak trees. Over 175 species of flowering plants, and more than 150 species of birds have been identified within the park. The naturally beautiful canyons were once hunting and fishing grounds for the Chumash Indians. Later, homesteaders and ranchers inhabited the area and harvested grain crops for Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Lopez Lake was then created in 1969 to provide domestic water for the Five Cities area of the Central Coast.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity though Friends of Lopez Lake
(Most non-profit organizations have donation pages. For those that don't, please contact their office directly by clicking on the "donation opportunity" link above. Thank you!)

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.


6800 Lopez Drive
Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 788-2381



  • Cycling
  • Dog Friendly
  • Equipment Rental Available
  • Kid Friendly
  • Must-See Spot
  • Outdoor Activities & State Parks
  • Picnic
  • Stewardship Donation Opportunities
  • Stewardship Travel Activities
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