California might have the Pacific Ocean at its beck and call, but Mission Viejo residents and surrounding communities have Lake Mission Viejo.
But, did you know that the actual lake is man-made and that today, its facilities are owned and operated by The Lake Association – about 124 surface acres of water and 50 acres of land?
The Association also runs the two public beaches Playa del Norte (North Beach), Playa del Este (East Beach), as well as the parking facilities, market on the lake dock, marina and the dam.
Did you know that the original facilities were built by the Mission Viejo Co. and dedicated to the Lake Association for use by its members?
The average depth of Lake Mission Viejo is 30 feet with a maximum depth of 70 feet and its length is about 1 mile.
With a paid membership, members have access to the lake, two large beaches, shoreline fishing, picnic area and boat launch. The smaller beaches are private and owned by those homeowners who have waterfront property.
In addition to swimming, boating and other water activities, members of Lake Mission Viejo also enjoy concerts, family fun days, discovery classes and much more.
Each winter, about 100 trout are tagged and released into the lake. It is regularly stocked with fish and many fish species do live in the lake including Bass, Catfish, Trout, and Sunfish, to name a few.
According to the Web site Wikipedia.com, in 2006, the 13th largest legally caught fish in the county, maybe even the nation, was a largemouth Bass, weighing in at 19 pounds, 12 ounces by fisherman George Coniglio.
On Nov. 29 the temperature of Lake Mission Viejo registered in at 56.3 F at 7:00 p.m.