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No matter what your favorite water sport, it can be enjoyed on this 250-acre lake
Copyright: - Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation
No matter what your favorite water sport, it can be enjoyed on this 250-acre lake
Description - Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park contains 1,970 acres of land including a 250-acre lake for water-oriented recreation. The park gets its name from 1959 L.A. County Supervisor Frank G. Bonelli. It was Bonelli who organized 14-communities in the East San Gabriel Valley to plant more than 10,000 trees creating a legacy for future generations. Today jogging, hiking, and biking trails, along with picnic facilities accommodating over 17,000 people are enjoyed in a natural landscape surrounding Puddingstone Reservoir.

Attractions - Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park features the 250-acre Puddingstone Lake supporting populations of perch and crappie and stocked with trout , bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. In addition, the lake is ideal for swimming, waterskiing, wind surfing, and sailing. Raging Waters, a water theme park, is accessed from the south end of the lake. There are boat rentals, hot tubs, an equestrian center and even a wedding chapel to rent! Other recreational amenities include RV camp sites, trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, play equipment, gazebos, and group rental picnic areas. Food and beverage concessionaires are provided.

The park is open sunrise to 10 PM, March 1 - October 31; sunrise to 7 PM, November 1 - February 28. Vehicle entry fee applies.

Recreation - A host of outdoor opportunities are offered at this park: camping, biking, hiking, horseback riding, water sports, and rental space for your special gathering.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.

Location - Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park is located northeast of the junction of Interstates 210 and 10, in Los Angeles.

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Filed By: bobby schultz (La verne, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Got there about 6pm and came through the puddingstone gate . Not crowded , but for a few lovers meandering about, and the best thing is, this park is dog friendly! As long as there leashed everything is cool! My pups luv to play in the water which is clean & calm.

Filed By: ana (corona, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: its fantastic. my friend and i went for a hike while our parents were at the picnic tables. i loved everything. we stayed and watched the sunset too. it doesnt feel like california at all. we felt like we were in another country! i feel so free when i go there. i recomment it to all of my friends for picnics, birthdays, and hang-outs. even if there are a lot of people, its still fun because the place is so huge. next time i go, im going jet skiing.

Filed By: anthony (san dimas, califonia, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: at the point in the east shore i caught 18.5 lb catfish out of night crawler and stinky bait on feb 03, 06

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Myself and three friends went horseback riding lst weekend and was thrilled to find such a horse friendly park so close to out home in Claremont. Trails were clean and not cluttered the cyclists and hikers we met were friendly and respectful of the horses. We rode for more than 5 hours!!!! Aftewards we discovered the friendly folks at the Bonelli Equestrian Center and found out Team Sorting is done there every Saturday Morning. What a great day we had and in a time when equestrians seem to be the target of developers and being squeezed out of the Southern California landscape Bonelli is truly heaven on earth!!!

Filed By: ray (West Covina, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Fished off the pier 2 times last week. First time there different from what I'm used too a lot slower fishing. Met a lot of locals some really good bluegill woman fisherman did vry well on small #8 hooks dropshot with a 1/2 ounce weight and real small blood worms. they caught 30 or so just let it sit. oh we were on #2 pier puddingstone. Catfish at night no weight big treble hook and 10lb test with a 4 inch slab of makeral. cast it out leave spool open so the fish can run wait 20 seconds close spool and set hook. not to tight of drag they pull. 4-15lbs at dusk and later.

Filed By: Ray (Claremont, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My family likes this lake because of nice places to bbq & picnic, and play areas, and a lake to fish for bluegills & bass... but no luck with fishing. If you have any pointers to fish Puddingstone lake for bluegills for small boys to enjoy, we would really appreciate it - thanks.

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Contact Information:
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, 120 Via Verde Park Road , San Dimas, CA, 91773, Phone: 909-599-8411

Additional Information:
Los Angeles County Regional Parks & Natural Areas - Since 1944, the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation has been meeting the diverse needs of not only residents but visitors from all over the world.

County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks & Recreation - Official agency website.


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