San Luis Reservoir


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 7 days a week. Good access roads. Camping, boating, picnicking, and swimming. Regular strong winds make O'Neill Forebay and San Luis Reservoir an excellent location for boardsailors. Outstanding fishing for striped bass. 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 5-miles-per-hour speed limit at Los Banos Creek; no high-speed boating activities. Managed by the California Department of Water Resources, the Romero Visitor Center contains State water project and Central Valley project exhibits, as well as a film on California water resources.


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





State of California 31426 W. Hwy. 152 Santa Nella, CA 95322


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