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Alerts & Current Conditions

Facility Updates/Closures as of 06/28/2024

  • Santa Margarita Lake:
    • Fire Restrictions in Place (see below).
    • Marina launch ramp is open for two person launch only. Vehicles with low clearance are advised to use the White Oak launch ramp due to high water conditions and gradual slope. The  White Oak launch ramp is open.
    • Marina store is open.
    • Jackass Canyon is open for fishing.
    • Trails are open.
    • Dirt roads and River Road staging area are open.
    • All campsites are open.
    • Boat-in sites are open to boats.
    • Mackey Point is open.
    • Backcountry campsites are open to overnight camping by boating or hiking.
  • Santa Margarita Community Park:
    • Restrooms are closed. Repairs to septic system are in progress.  Portable toilets are onsite until repairs are complete.
  • Lopez Lake is open for camping and day use
    • Fire Restrictions in Place (see below).
    • Trails are open to hiking, biking and equestrians.
  • Dairy Creek:
    • Carts are restricted to “cart path only” until further notice.
  • Coastal Accessway Closures:
    • Cayucos:  El Sereno and 2698 Studio Drive accessways are closed due to storm damage.
    • Cambria:   Wedgewood accessway and Lampton Cliffs are closed due to storm damage.
    • Visitors should adhere to posted signage at all coastal areas.
  • Cayucos Vets Hall currently under construction with partial closure of parking lot.

Temporary Fire Restrictions in Place

Temporary fire restrictions have been put in place at Lopez Lake and Santa Margarita Lake. 

Allowances: Portable lanterns, gas stoves & gas barbecues in developed camp areas are allowed; they must have a shut-off valve with the ability to immediately extinguish any flame. Traeger type enclosed wood chips and pellets for cooking are also allowed. Propane fueled fire rings are allowed in developed campsites only and must have a shut-off valve with the ability to immediately extinguish any flame.

Not Permitted During Restrictions: Wood or charcoal fires are not allowed.

These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. For additional information, please contact the following office(s):

Lopez Lake (805) 788-2386
Santa Margarita Lake (805) 788-2415



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