Whale Rock Reservoir

Cayucos, California

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Whale Rock Reservoir is open to the public during the trout fishing season. The trail alongside the lake is primarily used as a fishing access, but is also a beautiful area for hiking and picnicking. The Whale Rock Dam was built in 1961, creating the 1350-acre reservoir. It is a domestic water supply used as a source of drinking water. The lake is fed from Old Creek and Cottontail Creek at the two northern points. The lake is surrounded by grassy rolling hills.
Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California

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Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Whale Rock Reservoir is open to the public during the trout fishing season. The trail alongside the lake is primarily used as a fishing access, but is also a beautiful area for hiking and picnicking. The Whale Rock Dam was built in 1961, creating the 1350-acre reservoir. It is a domestic water supply used as a source of drinking water. The lake is fed from Old Creek and Cottontail Creek at the two northern points. The lake is surrounded by grassy rolling hills.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cayucos
Length: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Open from the last Saturday in April to November 15. Wednesday through Sunday and holidays
Local Maps: USGS Morro Bay North and Cayucos
Topo Map: Whale Rock Reservoir Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes in San Luis Obispo County, California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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12/16/2006

This trail is closed from November to April, per the sign on the locked gate at the trailhead. Wish our trail planner had read the Trails.com guide which clearly states this information. That way, our group wouldn't have shown up on a cold blustery day for nothing. We hiked Black Hill instead, which was a nearby alternative.

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