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Lake Casitas Recreation Area

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Address: 11311 Santa Ana Rd, Ventura, CA 93001-9769
Phone Number: 805-649-2233
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Good for a day trip or camping overnight

This was my 4th camping experience at Lake Casitas. The previous 3 were average, but the 4th one was a much better experience. Improvements from previous ones: 1) The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2016
Arun I
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San Diego, California, United States
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the summer this place is hot and very dusty. Most people who day trip go for the water park or have boats they take on the lake. Yo can't swim/play in the lake. There are picnic area for day use and may have grills, or you can bring your own.

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We visit Lake Casitas about 2 times per summer. The waterpark is great for little ones al the way up to teens. Pack your lunch in a cooler to eat at the car. No food allowed inside. Camping at Lake Casitas has been a nightmare. On 3 separate occasions we had to call the hosts to manage noisy, drinking, cussing... More 

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Ojai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

This is our 4th year in a row at Lake Casitas - Creekside camping site. We just have a great fun time, and going to the lazy river in the evening is always a blast for the kid's.

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Thank Jerry M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This was my 4th camping experience at Lake Casitas. The previous 3 were average, but the 4th one was a much better experience. Improvements from previous ones: 1) The restrooms were cleaner and it looks like they are now taking the trouble to clean up regularly. Always ensure you get the sites with flush toilets and avoid the sites with... More 

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Thank Arun I
Stanwood, Washington, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Beautiful place I'd visited as a child, came back as an adult. Due to the very low water levels, not much going on..concessions closed etc. Hopefully it will rain soon in California!

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

So. If you want a quiet time, do not go here. Prices are exhortbitant. Prices ridiculous. Children atrocious. Absurd expenditure of money.

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Thank Barbara K
West Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

A diverse and very spread out bunch of campsites. No swimming in the lake, but other than that, all your lake activities are here. Including boat rentals. .... and Coin Showers, Picnic Areas, a model airfield and a Camp Store. One can see the striking evidence of the lake receding on the sides and can walk on the shells and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We stayed here at the last minute in a tent this past Friday. We reserved it on the afternoon of our stay and got the last site in the place. Like some other reviewers mentioned, we had to pay for two nights in order to stay for just one because of the two night minimum. We too found the place... More 

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Ventura, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

If you make reservations for the weekend, you must pay for the whole weekend regardless of only staying one night. Camping is ok. Hot and dry. You cant touch the water with your body as it is the water source for Ventura California. It does have a water park but be sure to buy tickets well ahead of when you... More 

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Thank Marcie Y
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Although we found the area quite beautiful and discovered a eucalyptus grove filled with herons nests and new spring babies, the drought has taken a huge toll....boat ramps lead down to rocky river beds filled with spring flowers and greenery. The former lake lines are still visible, but it is estimated that within four years, the lake will be gone.

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Thank Suanne S

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