Take it slow in SLO county, and head to the primitive campground sites at Santa Margarita Lake. The Lake provides boating, fishing, hiking trails, and the joys of nature. The campground provided bathrooms, showers, and picnic stations. You provide the margarita mix.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
57 sites
Up to guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Jaymie
Jaymie S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 19th, 2015

The drought really changes this place. The water level is v low so it's not like the lake is the point of camping here. What's great about this place is the hikes around the lake. They take you up classic central coast ecology—beware poison oak and ticks! Camping here was chill. Lot's of stars!

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Hipcamper Glenn
Glenn R.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2017

Hard to believe but the KOA rustic cabins in this area are surprisingly nice, spread out nicely through the woods.

A short walk from the KOA is Santa Margarita Lake. Swimming is not permitted but the views are nice.Porch swing at the rustic cabinInside the cabin we find a bunkbed and a double, each with a mat for a comfortable night's sleep - and one less thing to pack.The cabins here are widely spaced along delightfully winding, woodsy lanes.
Hipcamper Randall
Randall G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 12th, 2017

I spent a weekend at Khus Camp, which is one two boat-in sites. It was peaceful. The environment is unspoiled and there is wildlife. Khus isn’t developed so you have to pack-in/out your gear, water and trash. There is a communal fire-ring and a clean composting toilet. Since I kayaked in, my kit was a cross between backpacking and car-camping gear. If you have a motor boat, you might do it differently.

I didn’t love the second boat-in camp, Sapwi. It’s nice but Khus is shadier. The developed, car-camping sites are fine too. There are clean showers and a swimming pool.

The only drawback to this lake is that swimming isn’t allowed. That said, I’m already planning another ~300 miles trek back to this sleepy, little spot.

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February 20th, 2017
Santa Margarita Lake
United States
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(805) 788-2397
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35.329° N, 120.464° W
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