Camping near Lake Sherwood

This tranquil lakeside town in the Santa Monica Mountains offers access to forest and coast.

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Camping near Lake Sherwood guide

Overview

Nestled in the rolling hills in the Santa Monica Mountains, the town of Lake Sherwood overlooks the Lake Sherwood Reservoir, the oldest man-made lake in California, which offers swimming, sailing, boating, kayaking, and fishing. Play a round of golf at the Sherwood Country Club or explore the many open spaces and nature reserves nearby. The Santa Monica Mountains, two national forests, and the Pacific coast offer additional recreation options, while the urban amenities of the greater Los Angeles area are also within reach. Camping is also available at nearby county parks, state parks, and national forests.

Where to go

Around Lake Sherwood

Several state and county parks offer camping near Lake Sherwood. East in the Santa Monica Mountains, explore Hollywood history and rugged terrain, and camp overnight at Malibu Creek State Park. Head north to the Tapo County Regional Park in Simi Valley for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and RV camping. Nearby Oak Park offers open space hiking and secluded RV camping.

 

Along the Coast

Head south to the coast to enjoy the Pacific Ocean views and activities. Enjoy the glamor of Malibu, sun, sand, and surf at Malibu Lagoon State Park, or enjoy both beach and camping at Point Mugu State Park and Leo Carillo State Park. Head the other way up the coast for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and camp near a beach at Carpinteria State Beach.

 

National Forests

Two national parks within reach of Lake Sherwood offer myriad recreation options. North and west of the city, the Los Padres National Forest spans nearly 2 million acres of varied terrain, and is home to more than 60 campgrounds. Further east, the Angeles National Forest offers hiking, horseback riding, waterfalls, wildlife, and more than 50 campgrounds with tent, RV, and cabin options.

When to go

Lake Sherwood enjoys mild temperatures year-round. Summer is an ideal time to visit, to take advantage of water activities on Lake Sherwood Reservoir and the beaches and parks along the Pacific coast. Spring and fall offer the best temperatures for most other outdoor activities. Although winter is fairly mild, be aware that not all area campgrounds will be open.

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