Summer Road Trips Along the SWP


Castaic Lake

Aerial photo of Castaic Lake

Are you planning a road trip this summer? Consider taking a detour to one of the many beaches along the California State Water Project (SWP) – you’ll find them teeming with fish, natural beauty, and fun ways to spend your vacation.

SWP lakes and recreation areas offer abundant opportunities to cool off and go swimming, fishing, boating, windsurfing, or water skiing. Most of these refreshing recreation destinations are located just off the main highway, and if you plan ahead, you can even make camping reservations.

Always check rules, regulations, current conditions, and fees. Visit our website for information on SWP recreation.

View our StoryMap for more ideas and details. And check out the list below for links to State Water Project and State Parks to visit during your summer road trips.


From Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area:

State Water Project sites to visit:

  • Castaic Lake
  • Pyramid Lake
  • San Luis Reservoir
  • O'Neill Forebay, and Los Banos Reservoir
  • Lake Del Valle Regional Park
  • Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

State Parks to visit on the way:

From Los Angeles to Palm Springs or Big Bear:

State Water Project sites to visit:

  • Lake Perris
  • Silverwood Lake

State Parks to visit on the way:

Central Valley to Central Coast

State Water Project sites to visit:

  • San Luis Reservoir
  • O’Neill Forebay
  • Los Banos Reservoir
  • Romero Overlook 

State Parks to visit along the way:

Sacramento to Lake Shasta/Upper Northern California

State Water Project sites to visit: 

  • Lake Oroville
  • Upper Feather River Lakes

State Parks to visit on the way: