Pinto Lake & RV Park

*In accordance with the Regional Stay at Home Order, our RV Campground will be temporarily closed until January 7, 2021*

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
Due to COVID-19 our park hours are limited.  Currently, Pinto Lake is open from 7a.m. to 5 p.m., 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
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help slow the spread, we are currently suspending all reservations.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

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 --- 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Summer Boating Hours (March - September) --- 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Inspection Fees & Information

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
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help slow the spread, we are currently suspending all boat rentals.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Volleyball Court with RV in backgroundRV Park Reservations & Fees
Update (December 17, 2020)   California has issued a Regional Stay at Home Order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases and prevent a strain on the health care system.  This action will help protect critical care for patients.  As such, our parks will remain open; however our RV campground will be closed through January 7th.

Fish Consumption

To learn more about consuming fish from Pinto Lake,  please click on the below image:pinto fish eating Opens in new window











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

Watsonville Municipal Code Regarding Pinto Lake

Travel Trailers and Campers