Location: Laguna Niguel: 28241 La Paz Road, between Aliso Creek Road and Crown Valley Parkway.
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (hours extend to 9 p.m. April through October)
Cost: The county parking lot is $3 per vehicle during the week, $5 on weekends and $7 to $10 on holidays.
For ages: All
This 236-acre park is known for its fishing – it boasts a 44-acre lake stocked with bass, trout and catfish, attracting numerous anglers or those just wanting a truly rustic “lake” experience in the middle of Orange County. There are rowboat rentals (for those who are fishing as well as for those who just want to relax in the middle of the lake) and a boathouse with snacks, as well as odds and ends for picnicking or fishing. There are always avid fisher-folk here – from young kids and teens to adult women and men – and several fishing tournaments are held throughout the year.
Even without fishing, however, kids love to hang out at the boathouse and see what everyone else caught. A nearby picnic area includes 12 covered picnic shelters and a group site for rent, as well as several open fields. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails are nearby. There is even a model glider area known as “Kite Hill” that can keep your family busy (even just watching) for a long while, especially in the spring.
Where to park: Parking is plentiful in the county lot off La Paz.
What to bring: Parking fee, fishing pole if you have a license, sunscreen, water bottles. Great place for a picnic. Great place for flying kites or model planes.
Best time to go: Any time
For more information: 949-923-2240, Orange County Parks website, or Laguna Niguel Lake website
Do you enjoy Laguna Niguel Regional Park? What’s your favorite part of the park?