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Lake Information for Lake Casitas


Lake Casitas is a lake in Ventura County, California. It was formed by 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 279 feet (85 m) tall and was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. The lake has a capacity of 254,000 acre feet (313,000,000 m³). The dam was built as part of the Ventura River Project. The project provides drinking water and water for irrigation. A secondary benefit is flood control.
Lake Casitas from the air, looking southwest

Human contact with the water is prohibited since it is used for drinking water, but fishing, boating and camping are permitted. During the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Lake Casitas hosted the canoeing and rowing events.

Fishing Description: 

Four of the 10 largest bass have been caught at Lake Casitas. In addition to largemouth bass, the lake is filled with rainbow trout, crappie, red-ear sunfish, bluegill and channel catfish. Record fish in all categories have been caught throughout the years.
Night fishing until 11 pm from the shorelines is held on selected weekends when the moon is full and weather permits.

Directions to Lake: 

From Santa Barbara:
1. Take the 101 Freeway south to Ventura
2. Take the 33 Freeway towards Ojai (starts as Freeway and continues as 2 lane road)
3. At the stop light immediately after the Wendys (Intersection of Baldwin Road (Highway 150) and the 33), turn left on to Highway 150 (Baldwin Road)
4. Go west on Highway 150 approximately 3 miles
5. Turn left on Santa Ana Road
6. Entrance to Lake is within 100 yards of turning on right hand side

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Rainbow Trout
Striped Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Frank's Bait & Tackle
  • 230 Stearns Wharf, #B - Santa Barbara, CA
  • (805) 965-1333
    Wylie's Bait & Tackle
  • 18757 Pacific Coast Hwy - Malibu, CA
  • (310) 456-2321

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

    Luxurious Golf Course Living Vacation Rentals
  • 1590 Ramona Dr - Camarillo, CA
  • (619) 993-1138

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