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Lake Information for Lake Nacimiento


Lake Nacimiento is an 18 mile long lake on the Nacimiento River in northern San Luis Obispo County, California. The lake contains many arms including Snake Creek and Dip Creek, nearer the dam, and the central Las Tablas and Franklin Creeks. Because of the dragon-like shape created by the positions of these arms, it is sometimes referred to as Dragon Lake. The lake can fill quickly in the winter from river surges resulting from downpours upstream in the Santa Lucia range so the level is not usually allowed to capacity until May 1 of each year.

Facilities and Parks: 

Lake Nacimiento is also a haven for watersport enthusiasts. The lake provides ample room for waterskiing, wakeboarding, jetskiing, and other water-related activities.
Marina, boat rentals, picnic area, and developed RV campsites.

Fishing Description: 

Lake Nacimiento is an excellent fishery, and is unique among California reserviors in that it contains, among other species, introduced white bass, which thrive in the lake and spawn in the river and inflowing creeks in Spring. Lake Nacimiento can produce power from a turbine at the base of the dam.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

NOTE: No live white bass may be possessed or transported.

Directions to Lake: 

From San Luis Obispo, on Hwy 101; go N 27 mi. to Paso Robles. Turn W on Rd. G-14 (Nacimiento Lake Dr.), go 16 mi. to dam.

Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Catfish Family
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Virg's Bait & Tackle
  • 1215 Embarcadero - Morro Bay, CA
  • (805) 772-2216
    Beach Bucket Taffy
  • 1124 Front St - Morro Bay, CA
  • (805) 772-4576

Boat Rental

    Boat Doc
  • 3850 Ramada Dr, #E - Paso Robles, CA
  • (805) 434-3700

Vacation Rental

    Coastal Vacation Rentals
  • 330 Main St - Pismo Beach, CA
  • (805) 773-1080

Bar and Restaurant

    Enteca Restaurant & Bar
  • 206 Alexa Ct - Paso Robles, CA
  • (805) 238-4911

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