San Luis Reservoir

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San Luis Reservoir

California

(209) 826-1196

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Overview

Recreation area lakes include O'Neill Forebay, San Luis Reservoir, and Los Banos Creek Reservoir. All are part of the California Water Project and operated jointly by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Department of Water Resources, and the Bureau of Reclamation. Office hours; 8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed holidays. Facilities open seven days a week. Good access roads and Camping, boating, picnicking, and swimming are available. Five world record or former world record stripers caught on the Forebay. Other species available at San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay are American shad and catfish. Excellent fishing at Los Banos Creek Reservoir for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout. A five-miles-per-hour speed limit at Los Banos Creek; no high-speed boating activities.

Map of San Luis Reservoir

Latitude, Longitude: 37.077621, -121.122030

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating, picnicking, and swimming are available. A five-miles-per-hour speed limit at Los Banos Creek; no high-speed boating activities.

  • Fishing

    Five world record or former world record stripers caught on the Forebay. Other species available at San Luis Reservoir and O'Neill Forebay are American shad and catfish. Excellent fishing at Los Banos Creek Reservoir for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, and trout.

  • Historic Sites

    Romero Visitor Center contains State water project and Central Valley project exhibits, as well as a film on California water resources.

  • Horseback Riding

    Many of the parks, forests, and wilderness areas can still be explored on the back of a horse for a unique natural adventure. Many Federal recreation areas offer trail riding as well as off-trail riding. Stables and guides may be available at some public land recreation areas. Licensing, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site. For detailed information on a particular site, please contact that site directly.

  • Hunting

    Big game, small game and bird hunting are available on America's public lands depending on the site and season of your trip. Hunting fees, licensing and seasonal restrictions may vary from site to site. For more detailed information, directly contact the site where you plan on hunting.

  • RVing

    Please contact the number above more info on RV sties.

  • Water Sports

    Regular strong winds make O'Neill Forebay and San Luis Reservoir an excellent location for baordsailors.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowshoeing, snowboarding, and dogsledding are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy on public lands. Licensing, fees and seasonal restrictions vary from site to site.

Directions

Driving

Nearest main highway I-5, nearest community, Los Banos.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(209) 826-1196

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