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. Campers at Lake San Antonio's North Shore Campgrounds have a wonderful lake before them for fishing and boating.

  • Enjoy Lake San Antonio for boating, waterskiing, and fishing. Find good camping, hiking, and mountain biking.
  • Head over to nearby Lake Nacimiento with excellent camping, fishing, and boating. Waterskiing is popular on the lake along with jet skiing. Visit the 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 Lake Nacimiento 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 are from 10 PM to 7 AM.
  3. Campfires are permitted in metal containers only with 10 foot clearance around the fire.

Lake San Antonio Campgrounds -
North Shore

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.

Lake San Antonio's North Shore Camping 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.

Lake San Antonio Campground Basics
Lake San Antonio Campground 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 Rates & Reservations.
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
Attractions near Lake San Antonio Campgrounds: Pedal along bike trails, on the south shore. Find a marina with launch ramp and boat rentals. Try fishing from boat or shore. Pick up supplies at the tackle shop and grocery store. Play horseshoes. Visit the museum and the Visitor Center. Kids have fun at the playground. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant or grab a bite at the snack bar. Play games on the softball field and volleyball court. Swimming is good in coves and off points in 5 MPH zones (no lifeguards). Drive a short 20 miles to the ocean.


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