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Status: Open through Thu Mar 31 2016   Season Dates


Emigrant Landing is the largest day use recreation area on beautiful Pyramid Lake. Located just 90 minutes from Los Angeles, it is the perfect getaway without the long drive.

Visitors enjoy all the lake has to offer, from boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing. A large sandy swim beach attracts hours of play. Large trees and shelters provide cooling shade.

Water in Pyramid Lake takes a long journey from Plumas National Forest and Oroville Dam in northern California. An aqueduct carries the water down through the Tehachapi Mountains to its southern California resting point at Pyramid Lake.

Natural Features:

The day use area sits on the northern end of Pyramid Lake in the sweeping hills above the Santa Clarita Valley. Pyramid Lake spans 1,300 acres with 21 miles of shoreline. Pyramid Rock, the lake's namesake, is south of the lake's dam in Piru Gorge.


Visitors come here to picnic and spend hours fishing, boating, water skiing and jet skiing. Anglers seek striped, large, and smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie and bluegill.


An accessible fishing pier, boat ramp, picnic tables and flush toilets are on-site. Drinking water and a soda machine are on hand for refreshment from the hot sun.

Nearby Attractions:

The Vista Del Lago Visitor Center offers views of Pyramid Lake on its wraparound viewing platform. It also provides a giant map room with intriguing facts about California's geology and water supply systems.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Lake Access
  • Paved Parking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Shade
  • Trash Collection
  • Vending Machines
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait Shop
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; all food must be kept in approved containers
  • Visitors must enter recreation area between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.; no entry after 9 a.m.
  • Entry fee is for 1 vehicle plus 1 boat or personal watercraft
  • No mooring allowed; day use only
  • Quagga Muscle Inspections at Pyramid Lake:
    Please be aware that these inspections are taking place at the entrance to Pyramid Lake for all vessels not previously inspected. Be prepared for inspections and always arrive with your vessel CLEAN, DRAINED AND DRY of all water. For more information visit: www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel .
  • For more information on Angeles National Forest, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.65, -118.76667
34°39'0"N, 118°46'0"W

From Valencia, California, drive 20 miles north on Interstate 5, then take the Smokey Bear exit west. Make a left on Pyramid Lake Road. Continue on Pyramid Lake Road until you reach the entrance kiosk to Emigrant Landing at Pyramid Lake.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

43100 Pyramid Lake Road
Gorman  CA  93243

Phone Number:

Information:  (805)434-1996
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