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Oso Flaco Lake

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What: Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area
When: Daily during daylight hours
Reservation Needed: No

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.

Just north of Guadalupe, California, lies one of the most scenic natural areas all along California’s coast, Oso Flaco Lake. To get there, three miles north of Guadalupe, turn west onto Oso Flaco Lake Road, this road will dead end at the parking area for this hidden State Park.

Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area is a part of Oceano Dunes SVRA, a California State Park. Access is permitted sunrise to sunset throughout the year. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Trailhead begins through the white gate.

Learn more about the Oso Flaco history and wildlife by visiting the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center at 1065 Guadalupe Street in Guadalupe.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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



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