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About San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
Campgrounds in San Luis Reservoir
The Medeiros campground has primitive campsites on the southern part of the O’Neill Forebay. Some fire rings, shade shelters and tables are...
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Today is major muddy and magnificent. Just us and the birds... And some.... Who feel the need to speed past on the muddy road... But they move on. Not really into camping those folks and maybe my van is scaring them :). It is awesome and I got a disabled discount. I think I'll stay awhile.
History of San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
In 1962, ground was broken for construction of the San Luis Reservoir. The reservoir stores runoff water from the Delta for the federal Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project.
The water arrives through the California Aqueduct and the Delta-Mendota Canal, pumped from the O’Neill Forebay into the main reservoir during winter and spring. The separate Los Baños Creek Reservoir prevents storm runoff in Los Baños Creek from flooding the area.
Today, local farmers use water from San Luis Reservoir for high-tech drip irrigation; the area has become one of the most fertile, productive and diverse farming regions in the nation. In addition to the huge dairy industry,major crops include tomatoes and almonds— thanks to the rich soil, favorable climate and available water.