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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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  • It's our little part of town that we are proud of. I've lived in Mission Viejo for almost 20 years and we use the lake every so often, my husband more than I do since he likes to fish. Once the lake m...  more »
  • Can't express how beautiful and peaceful it is, just a like picture, great place for family gathering, for kids to swim and beach to play on, also the best is to jog around the whole lake during cool ...  more »
  • Mission Viejo Lake is a private lake but members are allowed to bring in guests for various activities, such as birthday parties, fishing, attend a summer concert. There is swimming, bar-b-que grills ...  more »