San Luis Obispo County, Central California

Santa Margarita Lake Camping

Santa Margarita Lake
Picnic Areas

Individual Picnic Areas are found throughout the park. There is one group site, White Oak, which can be reserved. It has electricity, horseshoe pits, and a capacity of 80 people.
Rental fees for the group site are $90.
Reservations for Group Sites

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is open during the summer months.

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Camping at Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake's campgrounds are operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks. There are 60 primitive campsites on the south shore of the lake, distributed among four campgrounds:

  • Coyote Campground
  • Roadrunner Campground
  • Grey Pine Campground
  • Osprey Campgrounds

Piped water is available in the campgrounds and pay showers are nearby. Facilities at the lake include restrooms, a playground, a seasonal swimming pool, and an equestrian staging area. Hiking trails lead along the south shore of the lake.
Summer Fees: $28 - $42 per night (higher rates on weekends and holidays);
Reservation: (805) 788-2397   $10.00 reservation fee

Nearby Campgrounds

Within easy driving distance of Santa Margarita Lake are a number of great campgrounds along the San Luis Obispo Coast:

  • Hearst San Simeon State Park
  • Morro Bay State Park
  • Morro Strand State Beach
  • Oceano Dunes SVRA
  • Pismo State Beach

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Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay, CA (about 40 miles from Santa Margarita Lake)
(805) 772-7434 Morro Bay State Park
Open: Year-round
Reservations : (800) 444-7275 or California State Parks Reservations
Park Areas: Morro Estuary Natural Preserve, Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Museum of Natural History, Heron Rookery Natural Preserve
Park Facilities: Marina, Golf Course, Picnicking, Hiking, RV Dump Station, Showers
Campsite Amenities: 135 Campsites, Picnic Tables, BBQ Pits, Some Sites with Hook-ups
Fees: Regular Sites $35, Hook-ups $50

Avila Hot Springs

250 Avila Beach Dr., Avila Beach, CA
(850) 595-2359
Avila Hot Springs
Campground Facilities: Hot Springs (RV Guests get swim-soak-shower daily pass for $5), Swimming Pool, Restaurant, Bike Rentals
Tent Sites: Picnic Tables, Grass Area, Cooking Grills
RV Sites: Full Hook-ups for RVs up to 28', RV Dry Camping for any size, Picnic Tables, Fire Grills
Rates: Tent Sites $45 per Night for 2 people, $10 each for additional people to a mximum of 6
Prices subject to change.

Hi Mountain Campground

Location: Off Pozo Road, south of Santa Margarita Lake in the Los Padres National Forest
Open: Year-round, but road may be impassable in winter
Reservations : None.
Campground Facilities: 11 Sites, Vault Toilets, No Water, RVs to 16'
Campsite Amenities: BBQs, Picnic Tables
Fees: Adventure Pass ($5 per day or $30 per year)


Santa Margarita KOA

4765 Santa Margarita Rd.
Santa Margarita, CA
(800) 562-5619 or (805)438-5618
Website: Santa Margarita KOA
Facilities: WiFi, Snack Bar, Store, Laundry Propane, Swimming Pool
RV Sites: 50 Amp, Fire Pit, BBQ Grill, Picnic Table, Horse Corrals available
Rates: About $45 per night
Prices subject to change.


San Luis Obispo Coast Camping

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Morro Dunes RV Park

1700 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA
(805) 772-2722
Website: Morro Dunes RV Park
Campground Facilities: WiFi, RV Repairs, Store, Laundry, Dump Station
RV and Tent Sites: 170 Sites, 134 Sites with Full Hook-ups, 30/50 Amp, Cable TV; Partial Hook-up Sites and Tent Sites have Electricity and Water
Rates: Full Hook-ups $49.95, Partial Hook-ups $41.07, Tent Sites $31.08
Prices subject to change.

El Chorro Regional Park Campground

San Luis Obispo CA
Operated by San Luis Obispo County Parks
(805) 781-5930
El Chorro Regional Park Campground
RV Park Facilities: 63 Campsites, No Reservations for Most Sites
RV Sites: 43 Sites with Full Hook-ups, 18 Primitive Sites, Trailers to 40'
Rates: Primitive Sites $25 - $36, Developed Sites (Water and Electricity) $42 - $47, Full Hook-ups $40 - $50
Prices subject to change.

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