Pyramid Lake Recreation

Pyramid Lake

Recreation at Pyramid Lake

Update June 16, 2024: Pyramid Lake, Los Alamos Campground, and Vista del Lago Visitors Center in Los Angeles County will remain closed on Monday, June 17, 2024, due to nearby fires. 

Pyramid Lake, located in the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests, is a reservoir formed by Pyramid Dam on Piru Creek, near Castaic, California. It is a hot spot for outdoor recreation and attracts thousands of visitors each year who soak up the sun and take in the lake's scenic beauty.

The 386-foot-tall earth and rock dam was completed in 1973 and named after a pyramid-shaped rock carved out by engineers building the Old Highway 99. Pyramid Lake spans 1,360 acres with depths of 700 feet and 21 miles of shoreline.

The lake provides storage for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Castaic Powerplant. Additionally, it offers a number of outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Vista del Lago Visitor Center offers free admission and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The building offers a viewing deck with a panoramic view of Pyramid Lake and the surrounding mountains. Located off Interstate 5, north of Santa Clarita, take the Vista del Lago exit.

For more information about the Vista del Lago Visitor Center, call 661-944-8740.

For more information about the Pyramid Dam Modernization Program, visit our web page. 


For more information, contact the Vista Del Lago Visitor Center at Lake Pyramid at 661-944-8740.

For additional information on visiting Pyramid Lake, contact Rocky Mountain Recreation.

For information on launches and rentals, call the Main Entrance Kiosk at 661-777-2242.


Park Hours

The Pyramid Lake Vista del Lago Visitors Center is open seven days a week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except major holidays.