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Outdoor Festival celebrates 50 years of Lopez Lake park

Posted at 1:15 PM, Apr 13, 2019

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The San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lopez Lake Recreation Area today at its annual Outdoor Discovery Festival.

The park, which has 22 miles of shoreline, has been a prime local destination for recreation in the county since 1969.

“This is a great time to reflect on what was accomplished by building this dam and creating Lopez Lake Recreation Area,” said Nick Franco, parks and recreation director for SLO County.

Now in its 7th year, the Outdoor Discovery Festival has an average attendance of 1,500 to 2,000 visitors. This year’s celebration includes guided hikes, Chumash storytelling and even a kid’s obstacle course.

“In addition to the lake providing water to the Five Cities area, it has served as a fantastic recreational resource for campers, anglers, and hikers, while preserving our natural resources.” says Franco.

The festival starts today at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the SLO county parks website.