Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ojai
About Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ojai
Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ojai - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, CA 93001, United States
Ticket Price: 10 USD
Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
Timings: 06:30 am - 08:00 pm Details
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Located around 7 miles from Ojai, the Lake Casitas Recreation Area has over 400 camping sites. From sites situated so near the lake that you can hear the water gently lapping, to sites amongst dense trees where the sound of chirping birds is your alarm clock, you get to choose your camp site. All sites come with picnic tables and fire rings. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area has something for everyone- hiking trails, fishing, a water park, camping, RV camping, boating, children’s playground, biking and picnicking.
Lake Casitas Recreation Area Ticket Prices
- Vehicle: $10.00
- Vehicle Easter Weekend - Labor Day: $15.00 Fri/Sat/Sun & Holidays
- Boats (subject to boating restrictions): $13.00 (Plus vehicle fee)
- Canoe/Kayak (subject to boating restrictions):$3.00 (Plus vehicle fee)
- Pets: $2.00
- Bus Entry: $30.00
- Walk in and Bicycles: Free
- Camping sites cost $25 onwards per night.
Lake Casitas Recreation Area Opening and Closing Hours
- Seasonal gate opening and closing timings may apply. Please check official website before planning a visit.
How To reach Lake Casitas Recreation Area by Public Transport
- Renting a car and driving down is recommended.
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Lake Casitas Recreation Area, Ojai Reviews - Write a Review
We had a good experience here. The grounds were clean and the water areas were watched closely by several Life Guards. There is plenty of seating and the bathrooms/showers were clean. They don't allow food inside so next time we will pack a cooler to leave in the truck, they will stamp your hand so you can return with no problems and there are even shady spots close to parking where you can picnic or set up a camp for the day. There is also a food truck to check out. Note: Parking is $20, not $15 like the website says.
We have camped all over the U.S. from New York to Washington State and Japan, let me tell you this about this campground: if you are a serious camper, DON'T GO! This place is crowded- loud and crowded, so NOT about camping. If you like crowds, loud neighbors and no privacy it's for you. If you are looking for a camping experience by a lake, NOPE. We just wanted a quiet weekend of camping, hard to find in So Cal, but we sorely missed the mark on this one. If you think the water park might save you, forget it, also crowded and small. The absolute, hands down, worst waste of a camping reservation ever. We ended up leaving the first day and ate over $100. Just don't do it.
We camped in our 30' class A with at the full hookup site A5. By early pm your awning will do little more than shade the side of your rig because of the layout of the spaces (A6 has better shade, which is critical in the afternoon). Thankfully we had two, in-ground umbrellas which worked well. No grass to speak of, level concrete pads extend to include a large area for their metal picnic table. Basic hookups but no WiFi. We visited off season so the adjacent parking lot felt ridiculously oversized but it's an easy walk to cafe and bait shop. There is a park with tables, playground, fish cleaning station, basic restrooms, dog walking area with bags. Lake level is extremely low but it's pretty. Long walk to the lakeside if you have any mobility issues at all. We rented a shaded pontoon boat for five hours but didn't catch anything. Not even a bite. It was quiet during our midweek stay. Minimal and infrequent traffic noise from the road nearby. In the park however, there are quite a few vehicles driving past the site. Thankfully, most adhere to the posted limit which is sufficient to keep the sound to a minimum. The boat shop across the lot was apparently working on engines. The noise was loud and offensive but only lasted 10 minutes or so at a time. The check in process was easy enough though I did think the attendant should have come out from his booth to the driver's window. The rate seemed fair, we got what we came for (except for the Bass). We would return if it weren't so far outside our orbit.
Great time here. Was able to set up a canopy and chairs to rest in between water fun. Only problem is that you cant bring in your own food and snacks. We had to leave the park and eat by our car in the parking lot. Pretty inconvenientl. Overall the park is fun, safe, clean and very well staffed with attentive lifeguards.
This place is too crowded...they have put in too many campsites. Its too cramped to enjoy the outdoors. The staff did do a good job of keeping the bathrooms and grounds clean despite the abundance of campers.