Lake Piru’s swim areas and beaches are open from the Friday before Memorial Day weekend through the Friday after Labor Day.
There are designated areas for swimming and wading at Reasoner Cove beach, the shore line between the northernmost outcropping of Reasoner Cove north to Juan Fernandez Launch ramp, the Juan Fernandez beach, Cow Cove, Skiers Cove, Santa Felicia Cove, Lion Cove and Bobcat Cove.
Swimming in the deep waters of Santa Felicia Cove, Cow Cove, and Diablo Cove is permissible but the swimmer must be swimming off of an anchored boat and be within 50 feet (or 15 meters) of the vessel at all times.
Drownings have occurred at Lake Piru. Always consult current United Water Conservation District guidance first, wear a US Coastguard-approved life vest, and observe swim area signage and boundary markers at all times.
Glee actress Naya Rivera died by accidental drowning, aged 33, at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California on July 8th, 2020.
Rivera rented a pontoon boat on the lake with her 4-year-old son, Josey, and was reported missing when she failed to return. Her son was found alone on the boat.
A search team found her body in the northeastern part of the lake five days later and the cause of death was accidental drowning.