Where is Pinto Lake?
Pinto Lake City Park is located at 451 Green Valley Road in Watsonville, CA. The park consists of 78 acres, 70 of which are water and 8 are land.
Can you swim in Pinto Lake Watsonville?
Thanks to potentially fatal toxic algae blooms, swimming in Pinto Lake is firmly discouraged.
How big is Pinto Lake Watsonville?
Pinto Lake itself covers 110 acres and is one of the few natural fresh water lakes of its size on the Central California Coast. Pinto Lake City Park consists of 78.52 acres of parkland of which about 70 acres are water.
Can you fish Pinto Lake?
Pinto Lake contains a unique native lake-dwelling population of bull trout which spawns in the outlet of the lake. Angling is currently prohibited in the lake and outlet to protect the population.
What kind of fish are in Pinto Lake?
About Pinto Lake The most popular species caught here are Largemouth bass, Black crappie, and Spotted bass. 2489 catches are logged on Fishbrain. Please use your best judgement when determining where you can fish, and make sure you follow local rules and regulations.
Are dogs allowed at Pinto Lake?
If you live in the area, you can get out into the California sunshine with your canine pal and enjoy Pinto Lake Dog Park. But since your dog probably isn’t interested in fishing (although picnics are probably right up his alley), there are separate, enclosed areas for all dogs and small dogs.
Is Pinto lake polluted?
After extensive research, pollution of the lake was traced back to years of fertilizer runoff and leaky septic systems. Over the years, the bottom of the lake has been accumulating nutrients that feed the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). This algae release dangerous toxins into the water, making the lake unsafe.
Why can t you swim in Pinto lake?
High levels of phosphorous in the lake’s sediments feed cyanobacteria, and the cyanobacteria create toxins. Santa Cruz County water resources director John Ricker said toxins in the lake exceed safe swimming levels.
How do you get to Pinto lake?
Directions: The trail head is 16.5 km north of Saskatchewan Crossing on Highway 93 or 28.5 km south of the Banff-Jasper boundary at Sunwapta Pass. There is a small parking area just off of the highway just west of where Highway 93 crosses Norman Creek.