Pinto Lake & RV Park

Pinto Lake City Park is located at 451 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, CA. This lakeside park offers boating, fishing, picnic areas, a baseball diamond, volleyball court and an RV Park. You are welcomed to bring your own boat, raft, kayak, canoe or inflatable watercraft onto the lake, but you are subject to inspection and launch fees. The park consists of 78 acres, 70 of which are water and 8 are land.

Pinto Lake Address & Contact
451 Green Valley RoadPerson catching a fish in Pinto Lake
Watsonville, CA 95076
831-728-6194

Parks & Community Services Customer Service
Monday - Friday
831-768-3240

Park Services
As of April 2017, the City of Watsonville, Parks & Community Services Department has assumed the oversight of the service operations at Pinto Lake Park and the RV Park.

Park Hours
Pinto Lake is open from sunrise to sunset, everyday. It is, however, subject to closures based on weather conditions (like flooding). Boating and RV hours are limited. Please see below. 

Picnic Tables & Pavilion Reservations
You may reserve the Pavilion at Pinto Lake by contacting the Parks & Community Services Office (M-F 9-4). Picnic tables at Pinto Lake are available to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sail boats on Pinto Lake


Boat Inspection & Fees
To prevent the infestation of Zebra and Quagga Mussels, every boat must be inspected and approved before being launched into the lake. Boaters can participate in our Banding Program to bypass a full inspection and save on fees. If you plan on launching a boat into the lake, you must have your boat inspected.


Boat Inspection Times

  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays --- 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Summer Boating Hours (March - September) --- 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Winter Boating Hours (October - December 17th) --- 7:00 AM - hour before sunset

Inspection Fees & Information

  • $10 up to 12 feet & $12 for over 12 feet
  • Boat & Watercraft Inspection Fee (Canoe, Kayak, Boat)
  • Up to 12’ long - $10 resident / $12 non-resident
  • Over 12’  long - $12 resident / $12 non-resident

Annual Launch Permit
$60 resident / $80 non-resident

Daily Launch Permit
$10 resident / $15 non-resident

Boat Rentals
We have various motorized and non-motorized boats available for rent. Reserve one today for your fishing adventure or leisure day out on the lake. 

$10 per hour / $25 for 4 hours

Volleyball Court with RV in backgroundRV Park Reservations & Fees
Please note that the process to reserve a spot in the RV Park may have changed since you last visited. If you have questions please call the Parks and Community Services Department. The RV Park is open year round, however may be subject to periodic closure during the winter months due to weather and lake level conditions.

Fees for Services

  • $45 per night for up to 2 people
  • $5 extra for each additional adult, per night
  • $5 extra for each additional vehicle, per night
  • $5 extra for dogs, per night
  • Children under 16 - Free

Rules & Regulations
Please note that the Rules & Regulations for the park may have changed since your last visit, please call if you have questions.