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San Justo Reservoir

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San Justo Reservoir Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

San Justo Reservoir is CLOSED until further notice . Due to a Zebra Mussel infestation, the San Justo Reservoir and Recreational Area are closed to the public.  This destination is infested with quagga mussels.  Cllick here for proper ceaning.

Zebra mussels have turned up in San Justo Reservoir causing authorities to close the reservoir to private boats. The discovery spurred the Department of Fish and Game to dispatch divers to 10 South Bay reservoirs to see if the mussel is infesting new territory.

The mussel, about the size of a dime, clumps together in large colonies that can block reservoir valves and clog water pipes as surely as plaque in the aorta.

Kayak Fishing: San Justo Reservoir has developed into a good local fishery for stocked rainbow trout in late winter and early spring. There are also prospects for bass and catfish in spring and summer, respectively. The California Department of Fish and Game regularly stocks the reservoir with trout. Other species of fish include trout, bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 61 64 66 71 74 79 81 82 82 78 68 61
Low 38 40 42 43 47 50 52 53 52 47 41 36

Open: The campground is open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, from June 1st - September 30th. Closed from October 1st to May 31st. NOTE: Due to a Zebra Mussel infestation, the San Justo Reservoir is closed until further notice. Until the Zebra Mussel is removed, the reservoir is off limits to all boaters.

Under normal operating hours, the park closes for the winter approximately November 1st, and reopens approximately February 1st. The reservoir is usually open for boating Wednesday through Sunday. Operation hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Fees: There is a day use, a camping and a launch fee. Annual pass for the calendar year may be purchased at the San Benito County Public Works Department: 3220 South side Road, Hollister, CA 95023 Ph: 831 636-4170

Lake Facilities: San Justo Reservoir offers recreation to anglers, boaters, picnickers, mountain bikers, hikers and windsurfers. The reservoir’s facilities consist of a launch ramp, picnic tables, fishing, mountain biking and hiking trails. Boat size is restricted to 16 feet. Gas motors are prohibited. There are several picnic shelters with barbecues available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide BookPets are welcome on leash but are not allowed in the water. Portable toilets, bait and tackle, a snack bar, store, and fishing boat rentals are available. A paved launch ramp is located on the lake’s northeast side. The concessionaire will collect fees, provide information and assistance to see that park rules are observed. They also provide litter control and day-to-day maintenance of the area.


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