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freshwater lakes are virtually absent on the Central Coast of
California. Zaka Lake is classified as a fresh water lake, but
most of the lakes in this region are man made lakes, or reservoirs.
to Zaka Lake, some lagoons exist near the coast such as Oceano
Lagoon, Laguna Lake, Oso Flaco Lake, and Black Lake. None of
these lakes are like those of the Sierra or the Cascades Mountain
ranges to mention two prominent ranges in California that enjoy
snow run off to provide water to their lakes.
made lakes serve for drinking water irrigation, and recreation.
The lakes are more inland from the ocean to catch the water
from the winter rain runoff. The weather is a little warmer
than the beach weather so favored by tourists in the summer.
They do make a comfortable place for camping and recreation,
east of Arroyo Grande, has ample recreation including camping.
The lake has a store, boat rentals, and is for fishing and water
sports. To make reservations for camping call: 805-489-8019.
Santa Margarita Lake, serves as drinking water
for San Luis Obispo and other communities. It too has several
sites for picnicking and trails. In the spring this lake and
the surrounding area can be a beautiful sight with the green
hillsides and flowers.
reservoirs, on the border of San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties,
are Lake Nacimiento
and Lake San
Antonio. The coastal
air rises up over the mountains, cools, and then dumps its moistures
in have rains as it sinks to the inland side. The rains here
measure more than in other parts the county.
ranch was once part of these mountains, but when World War II
troops needed a training ground, the ownership changed. As visitors
travel to Mission San Antonio, the ranch head quarters may be
seen to the right as the traveler nears the Mission.
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