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  • Hesperia Lake Park offers daily programs, open space for outdoor activities

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  • Spectacular sunsets and scenic terrain give the High Desert a unique kind of beauty unlike any other place in San Bernardino County. An ideal spot to enjoy its splendor is at Hesperia Lake Park, located on Arrowhead Lake Road across from the Mesa.
    The park features fishing, camping, picnicking and various activities held throughout the year, such as the annual Hesperia Days celebration. Brandon McAnaulty, recreation supervisor for Hesperia Recreation and Park District, says it’s without a doubt one of the area’s most popular and busy attractions.
    “Hesperia Lake Park is an oasis in the desert,” said McAnaulty. “Along with offering a variety of features and events, it includes beautiful, wide open spaces to relax and play.”
    According to McAnaulty, Western Outdoor News rated Hesperia Lake as one of the best fishing lakes in Southern California. The 7-acre body of water is stocked weekly with 1,000 pounds of fish — catfish in the summer and trout in the winter. The lake also has sturgeon as large as 250 pounds.
    Fishing sessions are offered daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 10 p.m., excluding Christmas day. The cost for adults is $15 per person with a limit of five fish. Seniors who live in Hesperia can fish on Wednesdays and Thursdays (excluding holidays) for $12 with a limit of five fish. Children 10 and under can fish for $4 and can catch up to two fish. No state license is required.
    “During the school year, the weekday fishing is primarily individual anglers,” said McAnaulty. “But weekends and summer see more family participation.”
    Along with fishing, Hesperia Lake Park features a soccer field and equestrian area, as well as a large campground with sites to accommodate RVs, tents and campers. All sites include a picnic table and fire ring. Some are equipped with electricity and water.
    Camping fees start at $35 per night with a two-night minimum. Rates do not include fishing.
    “Our fishing, camping and equestrian programs attract people from out of town but we have a steady number of Hesperia residents who support those activities as well,” McAnaulty said. “The day use, park and soccer fields are used primarily by our residents. “
    McAnaulty says Hesperia Lake Park also hosts a number of activities associated with the annual Hesperia Days celebration held annually in September. They include the American Music Festival, Kids Fun Zone, vendor booths, Gymkhana and the fireworks.
    In addition, Hesperia Lake Park holds an annual Kids Fishing Clinic in the spring and is the setting for the City of Hesperia’s yearly Outdoor Adventure Kamp for youngsters.
    Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Use of the picnic areas and soccer field is free.
    “Hesperia Lake Park can be considered a hometown getaway,” said McAnaulty. “When you’re there, you won’t feel like you’re in the desert anymore.”
    For more information, visit www.hesperiaparks.com/hesperia-lake-park or call 760-244-5951.
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