So many of us know that the Mission Viejo Lake is a man made lake. Yes. And that it has homes around it. But here's some curious facts about this wonderful place that many get to call home. If you live in Mission Viejo, you are automatically a member of the lake...so, if you have friends who live in the area, this is a wonderful place to visit. If you don't have access to the Lake, take a visit to Plaza del Lago. Do some shopping, and enjoy the views while having wonderful foods: there's Japanese, Italian, Mexican and others. You name it. The food tastes better because of the views!
- There's two 'beaches' ( Playa del Norte and Playa del Este) with lifeguards, with a playground in the back, a snack bar with restrooms and the water is just perfect with NO waves.
- You are allowed to fish from rental fishing boats, registered private boats, and in the designated fishing areas. You are not allowed to fish in the swimming area. Although catch & release fishing is encouraged, all trout caught, up to a daily bag limit of 4, must be kept and not released back into the lake.
- In 2006,George Coniglio caught a 19 lbs 12 oz large mouth bass. It was the biggest bass legally caught in the state - and perhaps country - that year and ranks 13th largest all-time nationwide.
- The lake is frequently stocked with a variety of fish.
- The lake has 124 surface acres of water and 50 acres of land
- There's smaller private beach facilities around the Lake that are exclusively for the lake front homeowners.
- Every year, the lake hosts a Lake Mission Viejo Junior Lifeguard program
- Every summer, the residents can enjoy the series of 'concerts at the lake'
- In 2012, the Orange County Triathlon took place at this Lake.