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Major Lakes & Reservoirs of Orange County

Lake or Reservoir Location
Anaheim Lake Anaheim
Craig Regional Park Lake Fullerton
East Lake Yorba Linda
El Toro Reservoir Mission Viejo
Irvine Lake (formerly Santiago Reservoir)* Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado
Laguna Lake Fullerton
Laguna Reservoir Irvine
Lake Huntington Huntington General Park, Huntington Beach
Lake Mission Viejo Mission Viejo
Lake Santa Margarita Rancho Santa Margarita
Lambert Reservoir North of Former El Toro MCAS
North Lake Irvine
Orange County Reservoir North of Brea
Oso Lake (also Upper Oso Reservoir) Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo
Peters Canyon Reservoir Peters Canyon Regional Park, Tustin
Rattlesnake Reservoir North of Irvine
Rio Canyon Reservoir Laguna Beach
Sand Canyon Reservoir Irvine
Santa Ana River Lakes Anaheim
Siphon Reservoir North of Irvine
South Lake Irvine
Sulphur Creek Reservoir Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Laguna Niguel
Tri City Park Lake Placentia
Villa Park Reservoir** Villa Park
Walnut Canyon Reservoir Anaheim
Yorba Lake Yorba Regional Park, Anaheim

* Built 1966; 25,000 acre feet capacity.  ** Built 1963; 15,600 acre feet capacity.


Irvine Lake is the largest inland body of water in Orange County. It has a water surface of 660 acres. It was formed by Santiago Dam, built in 1931 by the Irvine Company and the Serrano Irrigation District (today's Serrano Water District). The lake originally served the agricultural and farming communities in the area.



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