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Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.


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Aerial view of San Luis Reservoir SRA
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Aerial view of San Luis Reservoir SRA
Description - Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass. San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project.

Attractions - Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass. San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project. It stores runoff water from the Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. The water arrives through the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal, and is pumped from the O'Neil Forebay into the main reservoir during the winter and spring. The Los Banos Creek Reservoir was built to prevent storm runoff from flooding the canals.
A visitor center at the Romero Overlook provides full information on the reservoirs and water projects through audiovisual and printed materials. Telescopes are also available for viewing the area.

Recreation - San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But its anglers who find the units three lakes most inviting.

Climate - Summer temperatures here average in the mid-90s and occasionally exceed 100° but evenings are usually cool and pleasant. Rainfall averages eight to nine inches a year, mostly between November and April. In winter, temperatures seldom go below freezing, and tule fogs are frequent. In the spring, the golden-brown hills are coated with a fleeting green, highlighted by bursts of wildflowers colors.

Location - On Highway 152, 7 miles West of I-5, or 33 miles East of Highway 101 from Gilroy. A location map is available on this wildernet.com page.


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Filed By: Ronaldo (Morgan Hill, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Went fishing for the first time in the main Res. we fished off the dam, (which was a long walk from the parking area) Despite all the reports of this lake being a high wind area, the day was perfect and the lake was like glass. I caught 1 4-5lb stripper off of frozen shad on the bottom. Next time I think I'll try to bum a ride from the guy who drives the little white van back and forth across the damn, I wanted to fish the "Trash Racks," but it was just way to far.

Filed By: D. Cole (Atwater, Ca.)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Stayed at Basalt Cmpgrd. for 4 nights. People encountered were very nice. Rangers and Park personnel friendly. Very quiet, even with number of campers. When the sun went down, so did the noise. Only bad thing, and to me, a major problem was the number of flies. There must have been 1,000's. Seemed like every kind from common little fruit fly to the large blue-bottle flies. This was not due, in my opinion, because of garbage, or dirt. I think that the problem was, some of the fishermen (it is a big fishing area) brought their catch back to the campground, and cleaned them there. I saw it at least once. To me this was not necessary since they had cleaning stations set up a various spots around the lake. If it hadn't been for that, it would have been highly rated. Hope this was a

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Sustained winds approaching 70 mph noted - making for great picture taking! Suggest you start out at the Romero Visitor Center, and then venture out from there. Breathtaking stratification of the shoreline, with varied vegetation on the north and west side of the lake. CDF must have conducted a number of prescribed burns, as you'll notice a number of burn areas on the north/west side of the reservoir. Spotted about 10 people fishing or hiking along the reservoir's shore. Overall, good side-trip to include --- perhaps as part of a visit to the Monterey Bay region.

Filed By: TT
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wind picked up and made fishing difficult. No success but I know the big ones are there and I will not stop going because of this...good fishing to you...


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Family and group sites available.
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More Information

Contact Information:
Four Rivers District Headquarters, 31426 Gonzaga Road , Gustine, CA, 95322-9737, Phone: 209-826-1196, Fax: 209-826-0284

Additional Information:
California Lakes and Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs described here range from huge reservoirs to small mountain lakes. The lakes are often part of large recreation areas, National Forests or State Parks.
Central Valley State Parks and Recreation Areas - The Central Valley Region, located in the middle of California, stretches from south of Bakersfield, north to almost Chico. It features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for water recreation and camping opportunities, as well as historic sites and the Tule Elk State Reserve.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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