Lake Mission Viejo and Saddleback Mountain

Lake Mission Viejo

Lake Mission Viejo is more than a huge man-made lake; it is the beautiful reflective face of this wonderful city. It is active and fun, multi-faceted and affluent. Most residents are members of the Lake Association. However, many homes were constructed prior to the lake being completed in 1978. Homeowners were given the option to buy into the Lake Membership (it is the property address that is associated with the membership). By now, most have done so, however, there are still several residences that do not belong to the Lake Association.

Members of the Lake Association can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming from the lagoons. Residents can rent the facilities for special events, and they can also rent boats for a day on the lake. There are summer concerts. On the Fourth of July, they have a spectacular fireworks display.

As you drive past the lake, you will almost always see folks walking and jogging around its perimeter. The round trip is over three miles and is on a very gentle incline, so it is not difficult to do. The City lists it as an “easy” trail walk. Ample parking along Olympiad Road at the north end of the lake.

I refer you to the Lake Mission Viejo site and the City of Mission Viejo site for rules, regulations, technical information, events, etc. There ARE some areas of Mission Viejo, like the Aegean Hills and Aegean Heights neighborhoods, that were later incorporated into the city that can not belong to the Lake Association.

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Colorful Fun at Pavion Park in Mission Viejo

Parks and Open Space

The city of Mission Viejo loves its parks and open space. It also loves recreation and sports! There are many parks, fields and trails for Mission Viejo residents to enjoy year round. There is a newer dog park, La Paws Dog Park; a park named after our Olympian, Florence Joyner Olympiad Park and parks named for people who advocated to create more parks and open space in Saddleback Valley. The city also boasts three golf courses: the Mission Viejo Country Club, the Casta Del Sol Golf Course and the newer Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. Most parks feature some kind of ball field, a picnic area and/or some kind of seating, a playground and play equipment for children. As you can see, all appear to be thoughtfully designed and well-maintained. For lots more photos of our beautiful parks, make sure to visit each Mission Viejo area (north, central and south) and its park pages like THIS PAGE.

Some of Our Mission Viejo Parks

And don’t forget to visit the Park Pages for each neighborhood to see tons more photos! Like this PAGE.

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Mission Viejo Library Bird of Paradise

In Focus

The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the Sgt. Matt Davis Memorial Park and the Mission Viejo Library are a few of the very special things that highlight living in Mission Viejo. They are all places that welcome residents and visitors alike; places to meet, gather, relax, grow or just enjoy the beauty.

Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

Beautiful facility adjacent to Oso Viejo Park. For more information about hours, programs, etc. go to the city’s site HERE.

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Sgt. Matthew Davis Memorial Park in South Mission Viejo

Lovely park in south Mission Viejo, on the edge of Arroyo Trabuco. Large field, walking paths, lots of play equipment, beautifully landscaped.

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Mission Viejo Library

A must-see library. Beautiful architecture, a wonderful place to study or read or learn. For more information, visit the official library site HERE.

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Oso Creek Trail Mission Viejo Artisan Mosaic

Art in Mission Viejo

Art comes in many forms; water features, sculptures, murals and more. Art can bring a community together, make you think, celebrate people, events or a culture or heritage, or simply be a from of expressing beauty and emotion.

If you look close, you can find wonderful examples of art throughout the city. I did. The cool thing was that the art featured here was created by its residents making it even more special.

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