Closed since 1995, Blue Point Campground near Piru could reopen by 2004 under a proposed land swap between the U.S. Forest Service and the United Water Conservation District.
If Congress approves the proposal by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley), the forest service would give the water district 420 acres, including a parcel on the north side of Lake Piru that the water district operates as a recreation area, and the 80-acre campground six miles northwest of the lake.
In return, the water district, which manages the Santa Clara River and its tributaries, would give the federal agency 340 acres, including western portions of Lisk Ranch, around the nine-mile Pot Holes Trail. Both agencies say the land swap will help them consolidate their holdings and better protect the endangered arroyo toad that lives in the area.
Doug West, recreation manager at Lake Piru, said he's excited about the prospect of reopening the campground.
"I've been all over the West, and for Southern California this is probably one of the most pristine, beautiful spots I've been to," he said. "You feel like you're in the Sierra when you're up there."