Best lakes in San Luis Obispo

Check out the top lakes in San Luis Obispo, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Lopez Lake
1. Lopez Lake
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19 local reviews
Lopez Lake
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Chauna
Lopez lake has a lot of activities: Vista Lago adventure park, mustang waterslides, boat rentals, and day…
Robbie
Just a 15 minute drive from the Village of Arroyo Grande is Lake Lopez. Take a drive around the lake and…
Alex
Head to Mallard Cove for some breath-taking views of the lake. There are tons of hiking trails, picnic tables,…
1. Lopez Lake
1. Lopez Lake
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19 local reviews
Lopez Lake
Chauna
Chauna
Lopez lake has a lot of activities: Vista Lago adventure park, mustang waterslides, boat rentals, and day hikes. It is located just a few…
Robbie
Robbie
Just a 15 minute drive from the Village of Arroyo Grande is Lake Lopez. Take a drive around the lake and finding trails to hike and enjoy…
Alex
Alex
Head to Mallard Cove for some breath-taking views of the lake. There are tons of hiking trails, picnic tables, and even a boat rental shop.
2. Oso Flaco Lake
2. Oso Flaco Lake
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19 local reviews
Oso Flaco Lake
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Sheila
Quiet , less touristy, beautiful, bird reserve and beach. Park in lot and walk down tree lane to the lake. …
Bonnie
This is the southern entrance to the Oceano Dunes. 8 miles south of my house just off Hwy 1. Turn at the Oso…
Belinda
Great light walk and nature viewing. Cute walk through a tree lined path that lets out onto a boardwalk that…
2. Oso Flaco Lake
2. Oso Flaco Lake
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19 local reviews
Oso Flaco Lake
Sheila
Sheila
Quiet , less touristy, beautiful, bird reserve and beach. Park in lot and walk down tree lane to the lake. There you will see varity of…
Bonnie
Bonnie
This is the southern entrance to the Oceano Dunes. 8 miles south of my house just off Hwy 1. Turn at the Oso Flaco Lake sign. Small charge…
Belinda
Belinda
Great light walk and nature viewing. Cute walk through a tree lined path that lets out onto a boardwalk that takes you over the lake and…
3. Atascadero Lake Park
3. Atascadero Lake Park
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7 local reviews
Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero
(805) 461-5000
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Ryan
Family friendly lake park. A year round lake with some fishing, paddle boats, and a playground for the kids…
Kelly
This family friendly park encircles a pretty lake and has beautiful trees and great birding, a bandstand where…
Courtney And Shannon
Walk from the INN to Atascadero lake park, or drive and park there. Walk 1.2 miles around our local lake.
3. Atascadero Lake Park
3. Atascadero Lake Park
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7 local reviews
Atascadero Lake Park, Atascadero
(805) 461-5000
Ryan
Ryan
Family friendly lake park. A year round lake with some fishing, paddle boats, and a playground for the kids. If you feel like a walk, the…
Kelly
Kelly
This family friendly park encircles a pretty lake and has beautiful trees and great birding, a bandstand where there are free summer…
Courtney And Shannon
Courtney And Shannon
Walk from the INN to Atascadero lake park, or drive and park there. Walk 1.2 miles around our local lake.
4. Charles Paddock Zoo
4. Charles Paddock Zoo
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17 local reviews
9100 Morro Road, Atascadero
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 805-461-5080
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Sherri & John
Located in Atascadero at Atascadero Lake Park! The Zoo is small and perfect for small children. The park has…
Anna
Super cute little zoo with Flamingos and other animals, park with lake
Meagan
A cute little Zoo that is right next to Atascadero Lake Park.
4. Charles Paddock Zoo
4. Charles Paddock Zoo
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17 local reviews
9100 Morro Road, Atascadero
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 805-461-5080
Sherri & John
Sherri & John
Located in Atascadero at Atascadero Lake Park! The Zoo is small and perfect for small children. The park has a great playground and lake…
Anna
Anna
Super cute little zoo with Flamingos and other animals, park with lake
Meagan
Meagan
A cute little Zoo that is right next to Atascadero Lake Park.
5. Lopez Lake Marina
5. Lopez Lake Marina
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5 local reviews
6820 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 805-489-1006
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Heather
Rent a boat, ski, or jet ski on the Lake. Enjoy the boat rentals. 30 minutes from our house.
Gina
Fishing, water sport rentals, camping, and restaurant with lake views, fast food and bar.
Annie
Beautiful and serene lake. Mountains, orchards, fishing and sunshine abound here.
5. Lopez Lake Marina
5. Lopez Lake Marina
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5 local reviews
6820 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 805-489-1006
Heather
Heather
Rent a boat, ski, or jet ski on the Lake. Enjoy the boat rentals. 30 minutes from our house.
Gina
Gina
Fishing, water sport rentals, camping, and restaurant with lake views, fast food and bar.
Annie
Annie
Beautiful and serene lake. Mountains, orchards, fishing and sunshine abound here.
6. Santa Margarita Lake
6. Santa Margarita Lake
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6 local reviews
Santa Margarita Lake
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Jenny
Though the lake is at low capacity, there are great hiking trails, a play ground, a summer pool, and horseback…
Ken And Janaan
Beautiful, quiet lake, 8 miles from town. Park like setting, great play park and picnic site.
Sue
Beautiful little lake with hiking trails, boat rentals, no swimming though.
6. Santa Margarita Lake
6. Santa Margarita Lake
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6 local reviews
Santa Margarita Lake
Jenny
Jenny
Though the lake is at low capacity, there are great hiking trails, a play ground, a summer pool, and horseback riding.
Ken And Janaan
Ken And Janaan
Beautiful, quiet lake, 8 miles from town. Park like setting, great play park and picnic site.
Sue
Sue
Beautiful little lake with hiking trails, boat rentals, no swimming though.
7. Laguna Lake Park Dog Park
7. Laguna Lake Park Dog Park
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6 local reviews
Laguna Lake Park Dog Park, San Luis Obispo
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Kristi & Clint
Great park and small lake area with hiking trails, dog park, volleyball courts, BBQ pits and children's…
Jenny
Lovely open space with the eerily dry lake bed. Amazing perspective on California drought. Lots of hiking…
7. Laguna Lake Park Dog Park
7. Laguna Lake Park Dog Park
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6 local reviews
Laguna Lake Park Dog Park, San Luis Obispo
Kristi & Clint
Kristi & Clint
Great park and small lake area with hiking trails, dog park, volleyball courts, BBQ pits and children's playground all within walking…
Jenny
Jenny
Lovely open space with the eerily dry lake bed. Amazing perspective on California drought. Lots of hiking trails and disc golf.