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If heading to our lakes this Memorial Day weekend, here's what you need to know

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Posted at 5:08 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 10:38:20-04

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner and our local lakes are always a hot spot for locals and tourists alike.

If you're planning on heading to Lake Nacimiento there are some restrictions now in effect.

The number of visitors entering will be capped at 120 truck and trailers. Only 30 single vehicles will be allowed in for trail use and fishing. Camping and lodging are closed too.

But nearby Santa Margarita Lake is open for socially distant camping.

"Every other spot is empty so I feel a lot safer being that far away from other people," said Bill Peterson of San Luis Obispo.

While anyone can go and enjoy Lake Nacimiento, San Luis Obispo County residents are only allowed at Santa Margarita Lake with park rangers checking ID's.

"Being a SLO County resident, I kind of like the idea that people aren't coming in from areas that may have higher incidents of the COVID-19 thereby feeling somewhat safer," Peterson said.

Santa Margarita Lake is limited to 86 vehicles, 26 of those can be trailers with boats.

"If there were more it would definitely feel like it's crowded," said Jarred Briltz of Templeton.

At Lake Nacimiento, no beach use, picnic tables or BBQ's will be allowed making for a different sort of holiday weekend that's often synonymous with grilling and of course, honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.

The gates at Nacimiento open at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. It's recommended that you come early because last weekend was sold out by 8:45 a.m.

Lopez Lake is limited to 320 vehicles, 50 of which may be trailers with boats. Camping there is also limited to San Luis Obispo County residents only. Reservations will not be accepted.

Keep in mind the lakes will turn away visitors once their limits are met.