Ventura County, Southern California

Lake Piru

Lake Piru

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Recreation Attractions At and Near Lake Piru

Lake Piru

Lake Piru is popular for water skiing, swimming, sailing, and fishing. It has a campground, marina, mooring, boat rentals, launch ramps, picnic areas, snack bar, and store. Personal watercraft, however, are not allowed at the lake. No alcohol is allowed at the lake. They have recently added a 9-hole Frisbee Golf course.

Lake Piru is located in the Los Padres National Forest about 50 miles north of Los Angeles. The lake is owned by the United Water Conservation District, which serves the water needs of nearby Oxnard, Ventura, and surrounding communities.

Entrance Fees

  • Daily Vehicle Entrance:   $13   ($10 October - March)
  • Annual Vehicle Entrance:   $100,   Seniors $75,   2nd Vehicle $50
  • Day-use Boat Permit:   $13   ($10 October - March)
  • Pets:   $2


Lake Piru is a great place to go boating close to Los Angeles yet often without the crowds found at other nearby lakes. Water skiers have a designated section of the lake. Most water sports are permitted, now including personal watercraft. The warm waters make water skiing possible year-round. Sailboats respond well to the afternoon breeze.


There is one marina at Lake Piru. It has a launch ramp, boat rentals, fuel, store, and other necessities.


Lake Piru is home to largemouth bass, rainbow trout, bluegill, channel catfish, and crappie. Anglers like the quieter waters of Lake Piru compared to other regional lakes even if Piru doesn't have a reputation for record fish. Fishing boats can be rented at the marina.


Lake Piru's single campground has small sites spaced closely together without much privacy. Since the recent decision to ban alcohol at the lake, late-night noise may not be as much of a problem as it was in the past.


There is no lodging at Lake Piru . Lodging must be found in nearby communities.


Lake Piru is a picturesque lake with bold mountains rising from its shores and colorful wildflowers in the spring. A number of deep, inviting coves wind off from the main body of water.

Nearby Communities

The small community of Piru is the nearest town to Lake Piru. 13 miles from the lake is the city of Fillmore with a population of about 14,000. There you will find all the basic services and stores you might need to supply your stay at Lake Piru.


Lake Piru Facts
Lake Size: 1,240 surface acres
Current Maximum Depth: feet
Length: 4 miles
Shoreline: 12 miles
Dam Construction: 1955
Lake Owner: United Water Conservation District
Maximum Lake Elevation: 1,055 feet
Average High Air Temperatures
  spring: 77 degrees
  summer: 95 degrees
  fall: 83 degrees
  winter: 64 degrees
Summer Water Temperature: 79 degrees