Lake Casitas Recreation FAQ

Lake Casitas Recreation Area FAQ


Can we swim in Lake Casitas?
What campgrounds have a view of the lake?
Which campgrounds have playgrounds?
How many people are allowed per campsite?
How many tents are allowed per site?
How many pets are allowed per campsite?
How many vehicles are allowed per site?
What is the earliest I can check in?
What are check-in and check-out times?
What is the latest check-in time?
Are there tables, fire rings and BBQs at each campsite?
Can I bring my own BBQ?
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Can I make a reservation for Saturday only?
Do reservations have to be paid for in advance?
What types of payments are accepted?
What is the mailing address?
What are the options for making a reservation other than by telephone?
Is there a number to call for information?
How much is it to come in for the day?
Can we bring a dog to the lake?
Do I need a fishing license to fish at the lake?
Are float tubes allowed at the lake?
What are the boating requirements for the lake?
Is boating allowed at night?
I can't bring outside food, what else CAN'T I bring into the Casitas Water Adventure?
What If I Want To Bring My Own Food & Drinks?
How much are Water Adventure tickets?
Can I make Water Adventure ticket reservations?
Are group tickets available for the Water Adventure?
I am just going in to watch my children play at the Water Adventure. Do I have to pay also?
Do I have to wear a bathing suit?
I have a baby swim tube, may my daughter swim with it?
Do you offer discounts?
Can I bring an ice chest or cooler or glass containers into the Water Adventure?
Can I bring alcohol into the Water Adventure?
Do you offer Birthday Packages?
Where is the Water Adventure located?
Are there bears at Lake Casitas?

Camping FAQ


What campgrounds have a view of the lake?
Which campgrounds have playgrounds?
How many people are allowed per campsite?
How many tents are allowed per site?
How many pets are allowed per campsite?
How many vehicles are allowed per site?
What is the earliest I can check in?
What are check-in and check-out times?
What is the latest check-in time?
Are there tables, fire rings and BBQs at each campsite?
Can I bring my own BBQ?
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
Can I make a reservation for Saturday only?
Do reservations have to be paid for in advance?
What types of payments are accepted?
What is the mailing address?
What are the options for making a reservation other than by telephone?
Is there a number to call for information?

Water Adventure FAQ


How much are Water Adventure tickets?
What Am I NOT Allowed To Bring Into The Water Adventure?
What If I Want To Bring My Own Food & Drinks?
Can I make Water Adventure ticket reservations?
Are group tickets available for the Water Adventure?
I am just going in to watch my children play. Do I have to pay also?
Do I have to wear a bathing suit?
I have a baby swim tube, may my daughter swim with it?
Do you offer discounts?
Can I bring an ice chest, cooler or glass containers into the Water Adventure?
Can I bring alcohol into the Water Adventure?
Do you offer Birthday Packages?
Where is the Water Adventure located?

Fishing FAQ


Do I need a fishing license to fish at the lake?
Are float tubes allowed at the lake?
What are the boating requirements for the lake?
Is boating allowed at night?
Are dogs allowed on boats?

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Q. Can we swim in Lake Casitas?

No. Because Lake Casitas is a drinking water supply.



Q. What campgrounds have a view of the lake?

Many campsites have some views of the lake, but the best and most popular are Campgrounds F, G, and M, depending on lake levels. Click here for more info.



Q. Which campgrounds have playgrounds?

C, G and M. There are also playgrounds near the front entrance, at the Santa Ana Boat Launch picnic area, the Wadleigh Arm Event area and at Picnic #8.



Q. How many people are allowed per campsite?

Six.



Q. How many tents are allowed per site?

There is no limit to the number of tents, but there is a maximum of six people per site.



Q. How many pets are allowed per campsite?

Two.



Q. How many vehicles are allowed per site?

Two vehicles per site. The first vehicle is paid for as part of the camping fee, the second vehicle must be paid for upon arrival. A third vehicle may be parked for a fee at a designated location inside the Recreation Area.



Q. What is the earliest I can check in?

If there is no one in the site from the night before, you can come in earlier, otherwise check-in time is 2:00 p.m. Call ahead to check the status of your campsite (805) 649-2233.



Q. What are check-in and check-out times?

Check in time is 2:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon.



Q. What is the latest check-in time?

Check-in times vary with the seasons, later during the summer, early during the winter. Please call for more specific information (805) 649-2233.



Q. Are there tables, fire rings and BBQs at each campsite?

There are tables and fire rings, some with half grills, at most campsites.



Q. Can I bring my own BBQ?

Yes, provided it is self-contained.



Q. How far in advance can I make a reservation?

180 days in advance. Click here for more reservation information.



Q. Can I make a reservation for Saturday only?

No. On the weekends we have a 2-night minimum (Friday/Saturday) and on major holidays, a 3 or 4-night minimum. You are welcome to come on a first-come, first- served basis but since we are always full on the weekends in summer, we would suggest that you call ahead and check availability.



Q. Do reservations have to be paid for in advance?

Yes. They have to be paid in full when made.



Q. What types of payments are accepted?

Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards and cash.



Q. What is the mailing address?

11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura, CA 93001.



Q. What are the options for making a reservation other than by telephone?

In person during Reservation Office hours (8:00A-5:00P), Monday thru Friday, except on major holidays or online through the Reservation page.



Q. Is there a number to call for information?

(805) 649-2233.



Q. How much is it to come in for the day?

See our price list.



Q. Can we bring a dog to the lake?

Yes, dogs and other pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6' in length and under control at all times. They are not allowed within 50' of the lake or streams or inside the Water Adventure, and may not be left unattended but they are allowed in boats . See our price list.



Q. Do I need a fishing license to fish at the lake?

Yes. The California Department of Fish and Game requires persons 16 and over to have a valid California fishing license when fishing. Fishing licenses are sold at the Marina Bait and Tackle Shop. In addition, adults may supervise children under 16 without purchasing a license, but if an adult assists in any way e.g. baiting the hook, casting the line, etc. the adult must purchase a license. See Fishing Terms & Conditions.



Q. Are float tubes allowed at the lake?

No.



Q. What are the boating requirements for the lake?

See boating restrictions. Boats must be a minimum of 4' wide, a minimum of 11' and a maximum of 35' in length; however, boats between 26' and 35' in length must be inspected by Park Staff and a special permit issued. Canoes, kayaks and some inflatables are allowed. Inflatables must have a solid floor and transom, at least 3 chambers and 1' of freeboard. They are subject to inspection before being allowed on the lake.



Q. Is boating allowed at night?

No. Boating is limited to day use hours which vary depending on the time of year.



Q. I can't bring outside food, what else CAN'T I bring into the Casitas Water Adventure?

The following items are NOT allowed to be brought into the Casitas Water Adventure: radios, cassette recorders, sleeping bags, luggage, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and coolers other than those containing baby food and/or water. Casitas reserves the right to add items to this list at its sole discretion. Wagons used as strollers and coolers containing baby food and/or water ARE allowed.

Due to bees and yellowjackets in the area, no food or drinks will be allowed to be brought inside the Water Adventure.   This policy has reduced reported bee stings by 90% from previous seasons!  Please note that all backpacks, purses, bags and coolers will be inspected at the entrance to the Water Adventure.  A picnic area is provided just outside the Water Adventure fence for your convenience.



Q. What If I Want To Bring My Own Food & Drinks?

Food & drinks are NOT allowed to be brought into the Water Adventure, however, picnic tables are conveniently located just outside the waterpark facility.



Q. How much are Water Adventure tickets?

See our price list.



Q. Can I make Water Adventure ticket reservations?

Yes, reservations are recommended to guarantee entrance. Full capacity is often reached, especially on hot, sunny days. Call (805) 649-1122.  See our price list.



Q. Are group tickets available for the Water Adventure?

Yes, for groups of 35 people or larger. Call (805) 649-1122.   See our price list.



Q. I am just going in to watch my children play at the Water Adventure. Do I have to pay also?

Yes, everyone entering the Casitas Water Adventure must pay the entrance fee.



Q. Do I have to wear a bathing suit?

Yes. All patrons entering the water must wear appropriate swimwear, no street clothes.



Q. I have a baby swim tube, may my daughter swim with it?

No. Floatation devices are not allowed inside the park. A variety of tubes are available to play in and there are lifejackets for small children.



Q. Do you offer discounts?

Some discounts are offered. Water Adventure Price List

 



Q. Can I bring an ice chest or cooler or glass containers into the Water Adventure?

Ice chests and coolers containing baby food and/or water ONLY. Glass of any kind is not allowed.



Q. Can I bring alcohol into the Water Adventure?

No. Casitas Water Adventure is a family park. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed.



Q. Do you offer Birthday Packages?

Shade structures can be reserved inside the Waterpark and group rates are available.  See Price List.  .



Q. Where is the Water Adventure located?

The Water Adventure is inside the park to the right of the entrance.



Q. Are there bears at Lake Casitas?

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Lake Casitas Recreation Area is surrounded by wilderness areas. Yes, bears have been seen in the Recreation Area although on few occasions. A variety of animals make the Recreation Area and the surrounding wilderness their home. There are deer, coyotes, mountain lions, skunks, raccoons, opossums, many species of birds (bald eagles nest in the trees!), and ground squirrels to name a few.  There are also an abundance of insects so insect repellant is a must.

Please plan your visit to the wilderness carefully, protect your pets and your camp site.  Appropriately store your food and secure your site.



Camping

Q. What campgrounds have a view of the lake?

Many campsites have some views of the lake, but the best and most popular are Campgrounds F, G, and M, depending on lake levels. Click here for more info.



Q. Which campgrounds have playgrounds?

C, G and M. There are also playgrounds near the front entrance, at the Santa Ana Boat Launch picnic area, the Wadleigh Arm Event area and at Picnic #8.



Q. How many people are allowed per campsite?

Six.



Q. How many tents are allowed per site?

There is no limit to the number of tents, but there is a maximum of six people per site.



Q. How many pets are allowed per campsite?

Two.



Q. How many vehicles are allowed per site?

Two vehicles per site. The first vehicle is paid for as part of the camping fee, the second vehicle must be paid for upon arrival. A third vehicle may be parked for a fee at a designated location inside the Recreation Area.



Q. What is the earliest I can check in?

If there is no one in the site from the night before, you can come in earlier, otherwise check-in time is 2:00 p.m. Call ahead to check the status of your campsite (805)-649-2233.



Q. What are check-in and check-out times?

Check in time is 2:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon.



Q. What is the latest check-in time?

Check-in times vary with the seasons, later during the summer, early during the winter. Please call for more specific information (805)-649-2233.



Q. Are there tables, fire rings and BBQs at each campsite?

There are tables and fire rings, some with half grills, at most campsites.



Q. Can I bring my own BBQ?

Yes, provided it is self-contained.



Q. How far in advance can I make a reservation?

180 days in advance. Click here for more reservation information.



Q. Can I make a reservation for Saturday only?

No. On the weekends we have a 2-night minimum (Friday/Saturday) and on major holidays, a 3-4 night minimum. You are welcome to come on a first-come, first- served basis but since we are always full on the weekends in summer, we would suggest that you call ahead and check availability.



Q. Do reservations have to be paid for in advance?

Yes. They have to be paid in full when made.



Q. What types of payments are accepted?

Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards and cash.



Q. What is the mailing address?

11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura, CA 93001.



Q. What are the options for making a reservation other than by telephone?

In person during Reservation Office hours (8:00A-5:00P), Monday thru Friday, except on major holidays or online from the Reservation page.



Q. Is there a number to call for information?

(805) 649-2233.



Water Adventure

Q. How much are Water Adventure tickets?

See our price list.



Q. What Am I NOT Allowed To Bring Into The Water Adventure?

The following items are NOT allowed to be brought into the Casitas Water Adventure: radios, cassette recorders, sleeping bags, luggage, bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and coolers other than those containing baby food and/or water. Casitas reserves the right to add items to this list at its sole discretion. Wagons used as strollers and coolers containing baby food and/or water ARE allowed. Additionally, no food or drinks will be allowed to be brought inside the Waterpark. Please note that all backpacks, purses, bags and coolers will be inspected at the entrance to the Waterpark.



Q. What If I Want To Bring My Own Food & Drinks?

Food & drinks are NOT allowed to be brought into the Water Adventure, however, picnic tables are conveniently located just outside the waterpark facility.



Q. Can I make Water Adventure ticket reservations?

Yes. Call (805)-649-1122. See our price list.



Q. Are group tickets available for the Water Adventure?

Yes, for groups of 35 people or larger. Call (805)649-1122 .  See our price list.



Q. I am just going in to watch my children play. Do I have to pay also?

Yes, everyone entering the park must pay.



Q. Do I have to wear a bathing suit?

Yes. All patrons entering the water must wear appropriate swimwear, no street clothes.



Q. I have a baby swim tube, may my daughter swim with it?

No. Floatation devices are not allowed inside the park. A variety of tubes are available to play in and there are lifejackets for small children.



Q. Do you offer discounts?

Some discounts are offered. Casitas Water Adventure Price List



Q. Can I bring an ice chest, cooler or glass containers into the Water Adventure?

Ice chests and coolers containing baby food and/or water ONLY. Glass of any kind is not allowed.



Q. Can I bring alcohol into the Water Adventure?

No. Casitas Water Adventure is a family park. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are allowed.



Q. Do you offer Birthday Packages?

Yes. Click for more information.



Q. Where is the Water Adventure located?

The Water Adventure is inside the park to the right of the entrance.



Fishing

Q. Do I need a fishing license to fish at the lake?

Yes. The California Department of Fish and Game requires persons 16 and over to have a valid California fishing license when fishing. Fishing licenses are sold at the Marina Bait and Tackle Shop. In addition, adults may supervise children under 16 without purchasing a license, but if an adult assists in any way e.g. baiting the hook, casting the line, etc. the adult must purchase a license. See Fishing Terms & Conditions.



Q. Are float tubes allowed at the lake?

No.



Q. What are the boating requirements for the lake?

See boating restrictions. Boats must be a minimum of 11' and a maximum of 26' in length, and a minimum of 4' wide. Canoes, kayaks and some inflatables are allowed. Inflatables must have a solid floor and transom, at least 3 chambers and 1' of freeboard. They are subject to inspection before being allowed on the lake.



Q. Is boating allowed at night?

No, other than scheduled night tournaments.



Q. Are dogs allowed on boats?

Yes.