Lake San Antonio
North Shore Campgrounds

Monterey County

Lake San Antonio

people riding jet ski

Southern Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County Attractions

Southern Monterey County and San Luis Obispo County offer attractions for every age and interest

  • Lake San Antonio - boating, waterskiing, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking
  • Lake Nacimiento - camping, fishing, boating, waterskiing, jet skis, Lake Nacimiento Resort
  • Take a splash at Ravine Water Park near Paso Robles.
  • Fish from Pismo Beach's 1370-foot pier.
  • Explore the tide pools at Shell Beach.
  • Head out sea kayaking through the Dinosaur Caves.
  • Set out on a wine tasting tour through the San Luis Obispo countryside.
  • Hike up the Valencia Peak Trail.
  • Watch elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.
  • Explore Montana de Oro State Park
  • Take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle.
  • See all the animals at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
  • Spend a day at Morro Bay, visiting shops, beaches, and other attractions.
  • Go stand-up paddleboarding at Avila Beach or Morro Bay.
  • Visit old Mission San Miguel.
  • Go cycling around Cambria, set out on scenic Highway 1 or pick a quiet country road

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 7 feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 7 AM
  3. Campfires in metal containers only with 10 foot clearance around the fire

Lake San Antonio Campgrounds

Lake San Antonio is 22 miles north of Paso Robles and only 7 miles from Lake Nacimiento. The campgrounds at the lake are operated by Monterey County Parks. Visitors to the lake enjoy waterskiing, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, hiking, and eagle watching. A nearby marina has boat rentals.

Camping on the north shore of Lake San Antonio is available at McCandless Springs Campground. The shoreline camping area has 18 campsites with full hook-ups, 73 sites with electric and water hook-ups, and others without hook-ups. Dispersed shoreline camping is permitted along a great length of the shore.

Campground Basics
Location: San Antonio Rd. off Interlake Rd. off Jolon Rd. off Highway 101 near King City
Campground Open: For 2017 opens June 9
Elevation: 780 feet
Number of Sites: 200+
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 + 1 towed vehicle ($15 for 2nd vehicle if registered to same address as camper, otherwise full campsite fee)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park Headquarters: (805) 472-2311

No Reservations First come, first served
Maximum Vehicle Length: no limit
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $32 - $45 per night
For full details see Monterey County Parks 2014-15 Fee Schedule.
Check-in, Check-out: Check-in any time, check-out 2:00 PM

Lake San Antonio Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, BBQ; full hook-ups and partial hook-ups at some sites
Campground: Pit toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: Available in McCandless Springs A and B loops
Nearby Attractions: Bike trails, on the south shore - marina, launch ramp, boat rentals, fishing, tackle shop, grocery store, horseshoes, museum, Visitor Center, playground, restaurant, snack bar, softball field, volleyball. Swimming in coves and off points in 5 MPH zones (no lifeguards), 20 miles to ocean

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