Mission Viejo Lake, Mission Viejo

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Lake Mission Viejo is a reservoir created for recreation in Mission Viejo, Orange County, California. The reservoir is formed by an earthfill dam across the canyon of Oso Creek, which is part of the Trabuco Creek and San Juan Creek drainage basin. The lake is not fed by urban runoff; it is maintained so as to be safe for contact. Two beaches are located on the north and east ends of the lake. The lake is annually stocked with fish.About 5mi south of Santiago Peak, a peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, the lake is surrounded by private residential (single-family and condominium) communities, and is a private membership for Mission Viejo residents. The primary marina is located in the northwestern arm of the lake. Upstream of Lake Mission Viejo is Upper Oso Reservoir, which spills downstream and into Mission Viejo in wet years.BeachesThere are two main beaches, Playa del Norte and Playa del Este, with a few smaller, private beaches. The larger beaches are both protected by the Lake Mission Viejo Lifeguards. Both beaches contain playgrounds, horseshoe pits, barbecues and picnic areas, snack bars and fishing areas.Playa del Norte (or North Beach)More commonly referred to as North Beach, Playa del Norte is the largest beach at Lake Mission Viejo. It contains the largest sandy beach area, volleyball courts, a full basketball court, and a club house available to rent. All of the administration buildings are located at Playa del Norte. Almost all rentals and boat launching is located at Playa del Norte. Playa del Norte is open all year round. Food services are provided by Tony's at Lake Mission Viejo during the summer season as well as the catering of all concerts and events at the lake.
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  • August 10, 2017
    To access the lake you must be a resident of Mission Viejo or a guest of a resident. No general public access. The lake is stocked with fish (trout, bass and others) and fishing is allowed. The lake i...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The Lake is a hidden jewel in Mission Viejo. Take out a party boat, sailboat or just swim in the Lake. It's quiet and relaxing.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Yes it is a private beach but if you get the chance - just take it. We were there on a very hot Friday afternoon in late July and there was plenty of room on the grassed area and on the sandy beach. T...  more »

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