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Lake Piru is closed to the public until further notice due to storm damage and road closures leading up Piru Canyon. Please check this website and/or the Lake Piru Facebook page for future updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Dear Whitewater Community Members:

We are happy to notify you that on January 5, 2023 United Water Conservation District reached a controlled flow of 200 cfs from the Santa Felicia Dam at Lake Piru as part of a migration release for endangered species associated with storm flows. As a result, we will be offering recreational whitewater access by reservation only on weekends between 9 am and 3:30 pm as required by our FERC license. You may make a reservation by contacting Chief Park Ranger Clayton Strahan at (661) 444-8659 or via email at claytons@unitedwater.org. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your anticipated launch.

Should you wish to take advantage of this access, you will be required to be shuttled to the “put in” location below the Santa Felicia from our secured parking area on Piru Canyon Road. All vehicles will be required to vacate the parking area by 4 pm on the same day of put in. Participants will also be required to sign a liability waiver. The current release from Lake Piru is anticipated to last approximately 3 to 5 days (from January 6). Should you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Park Ranger staff at Lake Piru 805 521-1201.

Our lake and shores offer so much more.

There are no limits to fun at Lake Piru! Whether you are seeking adventure or relaxation, you can find it here. Nestled in the Los Padres National Forest, picturesque Lake Piru offers an escape from city life, with a tree-shaded campground, fishing, boating and water sports. Or chill at our lakeside picnic area with a playground, horseshoes, disc golf and more. All this less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles!

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238 sites for RVs, campers, trailers, and tents; hookups; restrooms, showers, laundry


66 boat slips, launch ramp, marina store and boat rentals (coming soon)


Shoreline fishing, tournaments, fish cleaning station, tackle sales

Water sports

Water skiing, personal watercraft, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding

Shore activities

Picnicking, swimming (Memorial Day to Labor Day), playground, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, 9-hole disc golf course


WiFi is now available in most Lake Piru campsites! For details, contact a park ranger or inquire at the entry kiosk upon your arrival.


Reservations are now available online – Holiday hours: the Lake will only be open 7 am to 12 pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and will be completely closed Christmas Day. The campground will remain open.

We’ve been making a number of improvements to the Lake Piru Recreation Area during the past few months and are excited to welcome guests back to enjoy overnight camping, as well as boating, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, waterskiing, hiking and more family fun activities outdoors and on shore including picnicking, basketball courts, volleyball nets, horseshoe pits and a 9-hole disc golf course!

Try our new and improved online reservation system where you can view all available campsites, select your camping dates and specific site, include additional guests, vehicles, pets and order amenities like firewood or ice from the Lake Piru store, and charge it all to your credit or debit card. You can also purchase Day Use passes online, print the pass and place it on your vehicle’s dashboard and get waived on through at the Lake Piru entry kiosk!

If you need help with your reservation or have a specific special request, please contact our Lake Piru Rangers at (805) 521-1500.

Beat the rush!

Visit our online store and get everything you need for camping and fun at Lake Piru.

Skip the lines and pay in advance for day and boating passes and pet fees. When you purchase a day pass online, you can print it at home and get waved through at the entry kiosk. You can even order that bundle of firewood you need for toasting marshmallows!

Click the button below to visit our secure site and pay using a credit card. Then just print your passes at home and you’ll be ready to explore Lake Piru from the moment you arrive!

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Make a Camping Reservation

To reserve a campsite, please select your desired dates and location on the map below.
For questions, please email Reservations Coordinator Kathryn Prado at kathrynp@unitedwater.org.

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