Laguna Niguel Regional Park's acres of turf surround a 44 acre lake, which is regularly stocked with catfish, bass and, during the winter months only, trout . A fishing license is required for anyone older than 16 to fish. A large assortment of trees dot the park's 227 acreage providing beauty and shade.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park is dedicated to a wide variety of recreational uses. Two pedestrian bridges provide access to remote picnic shelters and hiking trails.
Lake fishing for trout, (winter only) and bass and catfish, (year round) is available for all park visitors. California Department of Fish and Wildlife rules apply.
Picnic areas are equipped with shelters, sinks, picnic tables and barbecue stoves electrical outlets. An amphitheater is provided for youth and community organization activities. These facilities may be reserved through the park office. Turf areas, horseshoe pits, a par course along the parks two mile jogging trail, two sand volleyball courts and four lighted tennis courts are available for public enjoyment. Kite Hill offers excellent conditions for remote control glider operations. Bicycle trails meander throughout the park.
Fall trout stocking was delayed due to a disruption in the supply chain.
In early 2020, multiple California trout hatcheries were infected with Lactococcus garvieae, a bacterial outbreak similar to streptococcus. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CADFW) was forced to euthanize millions of trout, which will impact inland fishing for many years.
OC Parks has been working with our lake management contractor to secure necessary permits and import Rainbow Trout from a hatchery located in Idaho. The first trout stockings are anticipated to take place the week of Dec. 7-11. The full stocking schedule will be posted as soon as it is finalized.
UPDATED 2/3/21: In an effort to minimize the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on park patrons, staff, and the Orange County community at large, and consistent with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor’s office, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), OC Parks are operating in the following manner.
The clocks fall back early Sunday, Nov. 1, marking the end of daylight-saving time and OC Parks’ spring-summer operating schedule. Most regional parks close at 6 p.m. for the fall and winter, and wilderness parks close at sunset. Make sure to check our COVID-19 information page for modified operations at some parks.
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