Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ventura

3.5
#4 of 12 in Parks in Ventura
Lake Casitas is a man-made lake in Ventura County, California, created by the construction of Casitas Dam on Coyote Creek, two miles (3 km) before it joins the Ventura River. Santa Ana Creek and North Fork Coyote Creek also flow into the lake. The dam was constructed of earth-fill and was completed in 1959. It is 279ft and was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The lake has a capacity of 254000acre.ft. The dam was built as part of the Ventura River Project and was strengthened in June–December 2000 as a seismic improvement to help withstand earthquakes greater than 6.5. The project provides drinking water and water for irrigation. A secondary benefit is flood control. In the center of Lake Casitas is 2 km Main Island, whose peak rises more than 500ft from the lake surface.RegulationsHuman contact with the water is prohibited by the Board of Directors at the Casitas Municipal Water District. The board states that since the Lake is used for drinking water, body contact with water is not allowed, but fishing, boating, rowing and camping are permitted. During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Lake Casitas hosted the canoeing and rowing events. The lake was used as the site for filming the scenes of Camp Greenlake in the 19th century. The lake featured in the 2003 film Holes.
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  • Very nice facilities. Clean and well maintained. Staff is very helpful and friendly. No loud, obnoxious neighbors. Lake is very low, though. Hoping for a lot of rain.  more »
  • The lake is very low, a shadow of itself from when it was full, very disappointing. On a plus they have installed flush toilets at least in section M so the campsites are fresher than they use to be. ...  more »
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  • Came in late and stayed in overflow on the back side of the lake. The staff and rangers where super friendly and helpful. The other guests where friendly quiet and the evening was cool with a nice breeze. Not loud at all. Loved hearing the sounds of nature while we settled down for the night. We RV camp so no need to use the facilities but there are flushing toilets water facet near every sight.
  • Very beautiful place. Always relaxing. Ive been coming here for 6 yrs now and will still continue to. Love it here. Rangers don't bug, other campers keep to themselves. No problems ever.

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