I haven't been able to make it to Zaca Lake – the shooting location for some of the lake scenes in Friday the 13th: Part IV – since it's quite far away in Santa Barbara County, so here are some shots of the probable shooting areas of the film.
It's nearly impossible to match areas up with the film, and the areas have changed a lot in 30 years. So I am attempting to use other people's photos on their Flickr account (credit URLs will be under the photos) to showcase the area. Perhaps in the near future I will be up there and be able to really investigate and get more accurate areas.
|Tina and Terry head to the lake.|
I am assuming the scene where Tina and Terry meet up with the teens was shot on Zaca Lake since the area also looks similar. However, the scene could have also been shot in Topanga as well as the Franklin Reservoir area. I included these photos of a near-by trail on the Zaca Lake. You decide.
|The rope swing as it appears in the film.|
Here's the infamous rope swing on the lake shore. It's unlikely that the rope is the same rope, and the rope may not even be on the same tree anymore. Thirty years can really change the shape of a tree, or it could have even died. But it's still here for anyone who wants to do some skinny dipping with ole' Teddy Bear and Jimbo.
In the distance of the movie stills and the "now" photos, you can see a white floating dock in the distance. This leads me to believe that the rope swing is still in the general area.
|Tommy and Trish arrive at the lake in the film.|
Above is the area where Trish and Tommy parked in the film. It was hard to find this place because any forest would look similar. Here is a rather artistic shot from what appears to be in the same general area, through the window of a vehicle.
|Trish and Tommy break down in the film.|
This actual road wraps around the entire lake, so the actual shooting area could be anywhere. I have been told that the scene above was actually shot around the Franklin Canyon Reservoir area, and I disagree despite the scenes in the teens' car being shot there.
This area where they meet Rob looks an awful lot like the Zaca Lakes road. I was told that the production team shot two weeks at the lake, so I am assuming they got most of the woods scenes there and a lot more than just the lake.
|Sara gets spooked by Samantha in the film.|
The docks were the hardest thing to match up because it looks like all of the docks at Zaca Lake are relatively new and probably under 10 years old. However, I at least matched up the areas from the scene where Samantha scares Sara. In the film you can see a building on the far side of the lake. In these photos you can see a dock, and that same building off in the distance.
Check out the scene from the lake where the raft kills took place here.http://scabbyhorror.blogspot.com/2014/10/more-friday-13th-part-iv-filming.html