Pyramid Lake Recreation

Pyramid Lake

Recreation at Pyramid Lake

Note: Pyramid Lake and Los Alamos Campground in Los Angeles County are reopening on September 23. They were temporarily closed per a United States Forest Service Order to protect public safety due to widespread wildfires in California. Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County has a danger algal bloom advisory. Keep yourself and pets away from algal blooms and do not eat fish. For more information about algal blooms, go to our algal bloom webpage.  

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 is located off Interstate 5. The center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day) admission is free. The building offers a viewing deck with a panoramic view of Pyramid Lake and the surrounding mountains.

For more information about the Vista del Lago Visitor Center, call 661-294-021.

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.


Park Hours

The Pyramid Lake Vista del Lago Visitor's Center is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.


Pyramid Lake Recreation Map, showing campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, and more. If you require further assistance, call (916) 653-5791 or email

Click the image above to view an expanded version of the map.