Pyramid Lake Recreational Area is located in the Angeles National Forest in the hills above the Santa Clarita Valley. The facility offers boating, fishing, beach and day use picnic areas. For overnight camping, the Pyramid Lake Los Alamos Campground is conveniently located less than 2 miles from the lake.
Pyramid Lake Los Alamos campground is located only an hour and 1/2 from Los Angeles and offers the wilderness experience without the lengthy travel time. Right off the 5 freeway on the Smokey Bear exit, enjoy the beauty of Pyramid Lake while doing your favorite lake activity. Picture yourself fishing, swimming, boating, wakeboarding, water skiing, exploring on wave runners, kayaking or simply rowing to enjoy the scenery this lake has it all! The famous Hungry Valley off highway vehicle recreation area is located just minutes from the campground.Make Reservations
Pyramid Lake Los Alamos Campground
This is the closest campground to Pyramid Lake and has 93 family sites. Bathrooms with flush toilets. Potable water and dump station free to overnight guests. RV backin sites, tents, and there are several very popular pull-through sites as well. Reservation and first come first serve sites are available . To reserve a site call 877-444-6777.
There are three group campsites for up 40 people are available for reservations. Location: Adjacent to Interstate 5, 20 miles north of Valencia. Take Smokey Bear exit, drive west and follow signs to campground. A boat launch ramp is located at the lake.
Emigrant Landing Day Use Area and Boat Ramp
Emigrant Landing offers picnic areas, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and water-skiing at Los Angeles premiere recreation area. This includes 3 unique day use sites only accessible by boat. There are courtesy docks and a ramp leading from Parking Lot A to an accessible fishing site.
Open for day-use only — hours vary through the season. For season hours call 661.295.7155.
Each day, the LA County Sheriff’s office sets a maximum number of boats that can be safely launched on Pyramid Lake at any one time. These limits are typically 50 jet skis and 150 boats, though these limits vary based on a number of conditions. Once these lake limits are hit, which can occur very early on busy weekends, boats and jet skis will only be allowed to enter Emigrants Landing when one leaves. For current updates call 661-295-7155.
Vaquero Day Use and Beach Now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.
Vaquero Beach offers a wide sandy beach for swimming, fishing or to just relax and enjoy the sun. There are two beaches open during the summer season located at Emigrant Landing and Vaquero Day Use Area.
Vaquero Day Use Area allows up to 12 foot car top non-motorized launching.
Single Vehicle: $11.00
Commercial Bus: $30.00
Extra Vessel (motorized) $13.00
Non-Motorized Vessel $8.00
Site: $20 per night
Holiday Weekends $25
Extra Vehicle: $10
Group Area(up to 25 people): $85
Group Area(26-40 people): $125
Park hours and information are available by
- Operating Hours
Operating hours vary seasonally, but typically dawn to dusk. Call Pyramid Lake at 661 295 7155 for exact hours.
- Getting There
Pyramid Lake is located next to Interstate 5 (take Smokey Bear exit), 20 miles north of Magic Mountain Amusement Park in Valencia, CA.
Pyramid Lake Recreation Area is part of the California State water Project constructed and operated by the Department of Water Resources. Water flowing into the lake comes from the Plumas National Forest above Oroville Dam in Northern California. It is transported via California aqueduct, pumped over the Tehachapi Mountains and arrives at Pyramid Lake in the Angeles National Forest. The name Pyramid comes from the Pyramid Rock, located just south of the dam in Piru Gorge. During construction of Old Highway 99 in the 1920’s one end of the ridge was cut through creating this free standing pyramid of rock, 250 feet high. It had been used as a landmark by travelers until the construction of Interstate 5.
- Operating Hours