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Lake Casitas - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Lake Casitas, California 93001, USA

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About Lake Casitas

Lake Casitas is a reservoir in Ventura County, built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation. It has more than 400 campsites along the lake's north shore. The 2,500-acre lake is only 10 miles inland from Ventura and offers a wonderful spot for families to relax by the water. The lake is well known as one of the best bass fishing destinations in the state. Many campers like the quiet atmosphere around the lake.

Attractions Near Lake Casitas

Rincon Beach
Rincon Beach8.04km from Lake Casitas

A famous surf spot in California, known around the world for its well-formed waves and long rides. It is home to the Rincon Classic surf championship scheduled for January each year.

Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest8.35km from Lake Casitas

Los Padres National Forest is a United States national forest in southern and central California. The forest is approximately 1,950,000 acres in area, of which 1,762,400 acres or about 88% are public lands; the rest are privately owned inholdings.This is a very popular area for hiking, with 323 miles (520 km) of hiking trails and 11 campgrounds.

Ojai Meadows Preserve
Ojai Meadows Preserve9.49km from Lake Casitas

A beautiful reserve sprawled over 58-acres of lush wetlands and counts bobcats, rabbits, and over 40 bird species as residents. The project is actually a restoration led by a local conservation group, which runs environmental education programs and guided tours year-round. If you come on your own, there's an accessible trail that makes for a low-key, 30-minute hike.

Emma Wood State Beach
Emma Wood State Beach9.83km from Lake Casitas

Emma Wood State Beach is a beautiful beach located on the Santa Barbara Channel on the west side of the Ventura River estuary and south of the railroad tracks of the Coast Line. Its campground has 90 beach-front primitive campsites and all have beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. At the eastern edge of the beach, the Ventura River estuary attracts a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons. A total of 300 plant species and 233 species of birds.

Ojai Valley Inn
Ojai Valley Inn9.95km from Lake Casitas

Ojai is a tourism destination known for its boutique hotels, recreation opportunities, hiking, and farmers' market of local organic agriculture. It has small businesses specializing in local and ecologically friendly art, design, and home improvement. Chain stores are prohibited by city ordinance to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique.

Ojai Valley Museum
Ojai Valley Museum11.19km from Lake Casitas

The Ojai Valley Museum, located downtown in the historic Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church houses an extensive collection of art, Native American artifacts, and photographs of early Ojai.The museum also has in-depth temporary exhibits. It has a permanent exhibition about Ojai's history, a diorama of the Sespe Wilderness, and a Museum Store in the Sanctuary Gallery. Rotating & original art, history, and culture exhibits are mounted year round and change every 6 to 10 weeks.

Where is Lake Casitas

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Historically inhabited by the Chumash people, with their presence dating back 10,000-12,000 years. Known for their rock paintings and for their great basketry, the Chumash were hunter-gatherers, fishermen, and also traders with the Mojave, Yokuts, and Tongva Indians.