State Parks proposed to add a campground and off-highway vehicle (OHV) staging area at the Oso Flaco Lake day-use area to facilitate access to the existing Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).
Better access points to the OHV area would be through the Railroad Avenue, Silver Spur Place, or Callender Road, locations considered in the Pismo State Beach and SVRA general development plan (1975).
Converting agricultural land for the project violates the Coastal Act, which aims to "conserve agricultural soils and promote long-term agricultural productivity." Moreover, the narrow road leading to the proposed campground is a recipe for disaster when RVs meet farm equipment. Widening the road would require additional conversion of agricultural land.
Oso Flaco Lake is widely recognized as one of the most scenic natural areas along California's coast. It currently provides wildlife-dependent recreation such as fishing, wildlife observation and photography, interpretation, and environmental education. A campground/OHV staging area will seriously diminish those recreational opportunities.
"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot"—in this case a campground and OHV staging area. And, as Joni Mitchell continues, "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone."