Join me on Saturday, August 17, 2019, for the official re-opening celebration at Irvine Lake!
Irvine Lake, 700 acres in size, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Orange County.
Formed by the Santiago Dam, built between 1929 and 1931, the lake was originally called the Santiago Reservoir. The dam was built by the Irvine Company and the Serrano Irrigation District (now called the Serrano Water District), and is now owned by both the Serrano Water District and the Irvine Ranch Water District and operated by Serrano Water District. The lake provides drinking water to Villa Park and some parts of Orange, and provides supplementary irrigation water to neighboring ranches. Stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, and trout, the lake opened to fishing by the public in 1941.
My family has wonderful memories of fishing on the lake. In fact, my husband and I went fishing there on our first date in March 1994!
Sadly, due to prolonged drought that drastically lowered water levels and inter-governmental conflicts between the County and the Water Districts, the lake was closed to the public and fenced off in 2011.
This week, Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner announced that the Irvine Company has deeded 29 acres of land adjacent to the lake to the County of Orange, and that an agreement has been reached among all the government entities involved to reopen the lake to the public for shoreline fishing.
The opening day event will include free breakfast, coffee and giveaways, and visitors can fish from the shore between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The public can access the lake during those same times every Friday through Sunday.
No fishing license will be required, but there will be a $5 parking fee. For now, no boats are allowed on the water.
The Longfin Fishing Tackle Store will be open.
Thank you to Supervisor Wagner and all the people who worked with the County, the Water Districts, and the Irvine Company to re-open Irvine Lake!
Irvine Lake is located at 4621 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676
For more information, call 714-649-9111.