July 2019

Irvine Lake fishing back on track

Serrano Water District Board President Larry Pharris Jr. and the Board of Directors announced that the agency has entered into a 12-month licensing agreement with the County of Orange, ending a multi-year stalemate that kept Irvine Lake closed.

Recreational rights at the lake are held jointly by OC Parks and Serrano Water District. The land around the lake is part of the 2,500-acre donation The Irvine Company made to the county in 2014. At that time, the Irvine Company retained 29 acres, pending a decision between rights-holders on future recreation. 

The Irvine Company deeded the 29 acres over to the county June 12. The agreement between Serrano and OC Parks will allow the county to offer shoreline fishing to the community once it completes remedial work that will allow for a safe and enjoyable experience. 

“Serrano Water District is sure the county will work diligently to get folks back out there with their fishing poles as soon as possible,” Pharris reports. “At this time it is too early to comment on a long-term deal, but we celebrate the new collaborative working relationship we have with the county.” 

Serrano Water District receives much of its water supply for customers from local surface water which is stored in Irvine Lake.