Water Activities

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  • Recreational boating is available at Elizabeth Lake and Pyramid Lake in the forest’s Los Angeles Gateway District. Elizabeth allows non-motorized boating. Pyramid has facilities for motorized and non-motorized boating from multiple locations and allows water skiing and jet skiing as well. They are operated by LA County Parks & Rec.
  • Boating is not allowed at Crystal Lake.
  • Recreational swimming is available at two areas of Pyramid Lake. Swimming is not allowed at Crystal Lake.  
  • Littlerock Dam is closed.

Quagga Mussel

Over the past several years, Southern California has been invaded by the Quagga Mussel, a major threat to the reservoir and to the entire Palmdale Water District water system and recreational use of the reservoir. Such an infestation could significantly increase customer water bills.

The Quagga Mussel moves from place to place in a microscopic form via boats, kayaks, canoes, trailers, motors, boating and swimming equipment, and even boots. It can live out of water for 10 days or more. Inspections and treatment are costly and can be ineffective.

Areas & Activities


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