Castaic Lake provides emergency storage in the event of a shutdown of the State Water Project to the north, regulatory storage during normal operations, fish and wildlife enhancement, and recreation. It is located 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Castaic Lagoon, downstream of Castaic Dam, provides additional recreation and serves as a recharge basin for the downstream water basin.
Directions: Exit Interstate 5 at Hughes Lakes Road, 41 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. From Ventura, it is 51 miles to Castaic Lake via Highway 126 and I-5.
Activities: fishing, boating, waterskiing, camping, sailing, picnicking, and swimming. Waterskiing, jetskiing and power boats are permitted only in the upper portion of Castaic Lake.
More Information: The Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation; 32132 Ridge Route Road, Castaic, CA 91310; (805) 257-4050.
Castaic Lake offers two bodies of water for recreation, with a total of 29 miles of shoreline. Both the lake and lagoon are stocked regularly with trout by the Department of Fish and Game. Other fish caught include large and smallmouth bass, catfish, and crappie. Boat rentals and a tackle bait shop are available.