Mission Viejo Lake, Mission Viejo

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Lake Mission Viejo is a reservoir created for recreation in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California. The reservoir is formed by an earthfill dam across the canyon of Oso Creek, which is part of the Trabuco Creek and San Juan Creek drainage basin. The lake is not fed by urban runoff; it is maintained so as to be safe for contact. Two beaches are located on the north and east ends of the lake. The lake is annually stocked with fish.
About 5mi south of Santiago Peak, a peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, the lake is surrounded by private residential (single-family and condominium) communities, and is a private membership for Mission Viejo residents. The primary marina is located in the northwestern arm of the lake. Upstream of Lake Mission Viejo is Upper Oso Reservoir, which spills downstream and into Mission Viejo in wet years.
There are two main beaches, Playa del Norte and Playa del Este, with a few smaller, private beaches. The larger beaches are both protected by the Lake Mission Viejo Lifeguards. Both beaches contain playgrounds, horseshoe pits, barbecues and picnic areas, snack bars and fishing areas.
Playa del Norte (or North Beach)More commonly referred to as North Beach, Playa del Norte is the largest beach at Lake Mission Viejo. It contains the largest sandy beach area, volleyball courts, a full basketball court, and a clubhouse available to rent. All of the administration buildings are located at Playa del Norte. Almost all rentals and boat launching is located at Playa del Norte. Playa del Norte is open all year round. Food services are provided by Tony's at Lake Mission Viejo during the summer season as well as the catering of all concerts and events at the lake.
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  • Love to spend time relaxing on the beach. Loved to fis for trout when they would stock the lake. Been to many concerts and fireworks nights.  more »
  • We have been to the lake a few times when we moved to Mission Viejo eight years ago but haven’t been for a few years. The lake isn’t so great for swimming but the boating and fishing with our...  more »
  • The post commander at the gate of Tres Vista's Lake Development is a superstar! Makes every person living here happy to come home!! Thank you Sir.
  • Great great great!! Only sad thing was we went fishing and no fish this time of year. I was told the yellow algae kills the fish..I don't know.. But I was about to convince my son that lake mission Viejo had a sea monster that was eating our night crawlers that we bought from the shop. He bought it, and itmade him feel much better about the fact that there were no fish in the lake.

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