Castaic Lake State Recreation Area is one of the largest and most spectacular state water reservoirs in California! It not only provides fresh water to local communities, but this 12,658-acre facility is also a great local recreational escape for the entire family! This northern oasis features two lakes: the Upper Lake which offers two launch ramps for boating with various waterways and coves for exploring and the Lower Lake that includes picnic areas, launch areas for Kayaks, float tubes and other non-gasoline boating, and a swim beach. During summer months, kids can participate in the Junior Lake Lifeguard Program and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy world class fishing. The park is also known for hiking, horseback riding, wake boarding, jet skiing, and camping; all located 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and 8 miles north of Six Flags Magic Mountain on Interstate 5.
All watercraft launching at Castaic Lake will be inspected for aquatic invasive species. Boats must be 100% dry to pass the inspection
and be allowed to launch. Watercraft not passing the inspection/water is found on the boat, trailer, motor or any compartments
will not be allowed to launch for 7 days.
Invasive Species Program - Now being Enforced
Mandatory Inspections. All boats and non-motorized watercraft will be inspected prior to launching.
Zero Tolerance! Boats Must be 100% dry!
Do Not Run Water through your engine/motor before coming to the lake. If it is not 100% dry, your boat will fail the inspection
and not be allowed to launch for 7 days.
5 important videos to help you pass Quagga Clean & Dry Inspections:
Part 1. Getting Started.
Part 2. Starting The Boat Inspection.
Part 3. Pulling The Plug.
Part 4. Getting In The Boat.
Part 5. Bass Boat Inspection