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San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

San Luis Obispo County Parks & Recreation

Think Outside with SLO County Parks

Welcome to San Luis Obispo County Parks!

Our goal is to offer you the most enjoyable and rewarding recreational experience possible on California’s Central Coast. We manage a wide range of facilities including trails, golf courses, campgrounds, pools, picnic sites and more. Our Mission is to ensure diverse opportunities for recreation and the personal enrichment of the County’s residents and visitors while protecting its natural, cultural, and historical resources. To put it more simply, we invite you to visit SLO County Parks, have fun, and “Think Outside!”

 

The Following Actions are Being Taken Across SLO County

 
County Parks and Recreation Areas

The County of San Luis Obispo is pleased to be able to reopen, with modifications, portions of El Chorro Regional Park and the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden beginning Monday, May 18.

Additionally, the campgrounds at Lopez Lake, Santa Margarita Lake, and Oceano Memorial Park will open to local residents only beginning Monday, May 18However, occupancy is limited to 50% at these facilities.

  • Reservations will not be accepted.
  • To be permitted to camp, visitors must bring a valid ID that demonstrates a local San Luis Obispo County address and zip code.
  • Anyone who cannot provide proof of local residence will not be permitted to camp.
  • Only one campsite can be purchased per household.
  • Multiple households attempting to book adjacent campsites for a group gathering will not be permitted to camp.

As the County transitions into Stage 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap, some areas remain closed to protect public health. The following areas will remain closed until further notice:

  • All indoor facilities (except restrooms)
  • All playgrounds
  • All pools
  • Camping at El Chorro Regional Park and Coastal Dunes RV Park
  • Camping cabins
  • Golf clubhouses
  • Group picnic sites
  • Los Osos Skate Park
  • Park restaurants for dine-in (available for take-out)
  • Parks & Recreation office in downtown San Luis Obispo

No reservations are being accepted for weddings, events, group picnics, birthday parties, camping, or any other activity until further notice.

  • Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake has set vehicle limits. In response to difficulty maintaining physical distance at Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake, County Parks has limited the number of vehicles allowed at each lake at any one time. Santa Margarita Lake is limited to 80 vehicles, 40 of which may be trailers with boats. Lopez Lake is limited to 320 vehicles, 50 of which may be trailers with boats. Any vehicles arriving after this capacity has been reached will be turned away.
  • Parking lots will be closed at all coastal County parks. This includes Cayucos, Hardie and Shamel parks.
  • The County is posting signs reminding residents they must keep a distance of at least six feet from others at sports courts, dog parks, skate parks and other areas. These areas may be closed if physical distancing requirements are ignored.
County Golf Courses
  • Dairy Creek Golf Course will open the range and practice area to local residents only beginning Monday, May 18, and open the golf course to local residents only on Wednesday, May 20.
  • Morro Bay and Chalk Mountain golf courses will remain open.

During this closure, staff will be performing maintenance practices to the course and clubhouse facilities so that we are ready to provide a great experience to our visitors upon your return to the course.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County: Visit ReadySLO.org or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available seven (7) days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for questions related to COVID-19. To report a business violating the Shelter at Home order, call (805) 788-2222.

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