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SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA, CA

Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15 Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But its anglers who find this unit's three ...

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Discount Pass must be presented at the time of check in.

Your DMV Disabled Placard/License Plate does not automatically give you a discount on your campsite. You will need to obtain a CA State park-issued Disabled Discount Pass (DDP) or Distinguished Veterans Pass (DVP).

  • Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park.
  • To book a Group site you must have at least NINE occupants.


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    +When you reserve one of these sites, it will not be a site specific reservation. You will be assigned a site when you arrive at the campground.
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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    Overview

    Description

    Season for Peak Fees: 05/15 to 09/15

    Nestled in the grassy hills of the western San Joaquin Valley near historic Pacheco Pass, San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area is noted for boating, board sailing, camping, and picnicking. But its anglers who find this unit's three lakes most inviting.

    San Luis Reservoir was constructed as a storage reservoir for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project. It stores runoff water from the Delta that would otherwise flow into the ocean. The water arrives through the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal, and is pumped from the O'Neil Forebay into the main reservoir during the winter and spring. The Los Banos Creek Reservoir was built to prevent storm runoff from flooding the canals.

    A visitor center at the Romero Overlook provides full information on the reservoirs and water projects through audio-visual and printed materials. Telescopes are also available for viewing the area.

    Long before the dams and canals were built, this land was the home of the Northern Valley Yokuts, native Americans who harvested seeds, acorns, and the roots of the tules that grew in the marshes of the sluggish San Joaquin River. There were also fish, geese, and ducks for food, as well as huge herds of pronghorn antelope and tule elk on the plains. With the coming of the Spanish, though, this way of life disappeared. Many of the valley people were taken to missions around 1805, and an epidemic, possibly of malaria, decimated the human population of this area in 1833. In the 1850s, the survivors were killed or driven off by American settlers.

    Pacheco pass was named for Don Juan Pacheco, who settled here in the 1840s. The pass was used by Native Americans, Spanish soldiers and missionaries, Mexican ranchers, and gold miners, as well as more recent travelers. In 1856 Andrew Firebaugh improved the pass and made it a toll road, with a toll house two miles west of the summit. He had hardly finished when the Butterfieid-Overland stages began using the road as part of their route from San Francisco to Missouri.

    The first water works in the area were constructed in 1871, when farmers built a canal from Mendota Dam to Los Banos Creek to irrigate their wheat crops. Many canals were added over the years, until they totaled 180 miles in length. Ground was broken in 1962 for the San Luis Project, which created the current reservoirs. Today, Los Banos area farmers cultivate alfalfa, grapes, tomatoes, melons, corn, cotton, beans, sugar beets, fruits, nuts, and raise dairy and beef cattle.

    Check the State Parks website for additional information on the weather, suggested day hikes, or to see the park brochure, campground map, park photos, video, and more. Information available will vary from park to park.Click here

    Booking Window
    Fri Aug 01 2014 - Sat Jan 31 2015

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 7 Month(s) in advance.

    New dates are released in blocks, 1 Month(s) at a time.

    The next on-sale is Fri Aug 01 2014

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Thu May 15 2014 Mon Sep 15 2014
    Non Peak Tue Sep 16 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Non Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu May 14 2015
    Peak Fri May 15 2015 Tue Sep 15 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • ADA Access
    • Boat Launch
    • Boating
    • Comfort Station
    • Disabled Access Site
    • Dump Station
    • Fire Rings
    • Fishing
    • Hiking Trails
    • Iron Ranger
    • Nature Trails
    • Picnic Area
    • Restrooms
    • Showers
    • Swimming
    • Telephone
    • Visitors Center
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    Ridgemark Golf & Country Club

    In the late 1960's, Loren Sonny Paullus, along with his family, dreamed of converting the dry and barren Paullus Turkey Farm into a lush, green golf course. A group of nearby property owners plus some friends got together with Sonny in 1971 to create Ridgemark Corporation, the developer of this Ridgemark Complex. The original directors of the corporation were Sonny Paullus, Ray Sabbatini, George Shore, Dave Rosati, Don Gomes, Bruce Dunning, Sr. and Meredith Brick Hagins.
    3800 Airline Hwy, Hollister, CA, 95023
    831-637-8151
    Distance*: 21.45 miles
    *All Distances shown are as-the-crow-flies (measured as a straight line between two points). See Driving Directions for approximate driving distances.
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    Getting There
    On Highway 152, 7 miles West of I-5, or 33 miles East of Highway 101 from Gilroy.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    SAN LUIS RESERVOIR SRA
    31426 GONZAGA ROAD
    GUSTINE  CA  95322-9737

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (209)826-1196
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