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Lake Piru

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This destination is infested with quagga mussels.  Cllick here for proper ceaning.

My first sweeping panoramic view from the dam overlooking Lake Piru left me excited with Lake Piru Kayakinggreat anticipation. I could hardly wait to paddle this beautiful lake located in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, but I was sadly disappointed when I was informed by the park attendant, paddling is only permitted in the "Narrows", the northern most section of the lake, which provides an easy seven mile paddle. when the lake's water level is  full. Unfortunately, during low water level or drought conditions, the area open to paddling dwindles in size.

Lake Piru offers many aquatic recreational activities including fishing, waterskiing, sailing, windsurfing, paddling, and swimming in designated areas. Jet skiing is not allowed anywhere on Lake Piru. A wide variety of wildlife and birds can be seen while paddling including deer, bobcat, mountain lions and bear.

Kayak anglers enjoy an abundance of largemouth bass and catfish at Lake Piru. It also has a healthy population of northern black bass, brown trout, bluegill, crappie, and redear sunfish.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 64 66 68 74 79 86 94 95 91 82 72 65
Low 36 37 38 41 45 50 54 55 52 46 39 36

Open: All private boats, including kayaks, launching will be inspected for quagga mussels. Kayaks must be clean and dry or they will not be allowed to launch

Lake Piru offers year-round paddling opportunities seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. The boat speed limit is 35 m.p.h. except in the 5 m.p.h. restricted buoy zones. Mandatory quagga mussel inspection is required at Lake Piru. 

Fees: Lake Piru has a day use, launch, pet, boat permit and camping fee.

Lake Facilities: Lake Piru offers over 200 level tree-shaded camping sites, clean restrooms, free hot showers and fully stocked store to meet most camping and boating The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookneeds.

The facilities consist of  a boat launch, boat rentals, a snack bar, a marina, hiking and bicycling trails, waterskiing, and fishing. Swimming, and paddling are not allowed in the main lake area. NOTE: Jet skiing and windsurfing is not permitted any where on Lake Piru.



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