We manage the multipurpose State Water Project (SWP) that provides water supply, flood control, fish and wildlife habitat, and outstanding recreational opportunities to millions of Californians. Through partnerships with State, local, and federal agencies, we ensure the public can enjoy extensive water-based activities at dozens of developed areas, including lakes and reservoirs. These include:

  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Visitors centers
  • Water skiing

You can view our recreation map to find state-wide locations with fun things to do, and view our recreation photo gallery for inspiration. Remember to check current conditions and water safety tips before you go.

Water Safety

We provide water safety training and materials for outreach, partner with various groups to create and run aquatic adventure camps, give presentations at schools, clubs, etc. featuring our mascots, and offer free, off-site water safety presentations to surrounding communities within a 50-mile radius of our visitors centers.

Visitors Centers

Our 3 visitors centers at Lake Oroville (Butte County in Northern California), San Luis Reservoir (Merced County in Central California), and Pyramid Lake (Los Angeles County in Southern California) are staffed by knowledgeable guides and provide exhibits and videos that highlight California’s world-renowned water delivery system and water's importance. Free guided tours for school and community groups are available by reservation. Entry and parking are free.

Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.)

C.A.S.T. offers disabled and disadvantaged children an opportunity to experience fishing on SWP reservoirs and learn about natural resources.