Santa Margarita Lake’s sparkling
blue water spills over its banks and its grassy
slopes speckled with live oak and pine forests
provide a spectacular backdrop while kayaking. The
park's hundreds of unspoiled acres and 22 miles of
scenic shoreline to explore make it the perfect
destination for canoeing and kayaking.
The park hosts a variety of hiking and riding
trails which offer breathtaking views of the lake
and surrounding mountains. Santa Margarita Lake is
noted for its first-rate kayak and boat-in camping
opportunities. This destination is also popular for
fishing, boating and hiking. Swimming is not allowed
at the lake because it is a reservoir which is used
for city drinking water.
Paddle at sunrise to fully appreciate the
reflective beauty on the water’s surface. Santa
Margarita attracts visitors throughout the entire
year for outdoor recreational activities and water
sports such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing and
boat-in camping opportunities.
Santa Margarita Lake is an aquatic paradise of
cool waters, warm sun, bountiful nature, and
breathtaking sunsets. After a day on the water,
relax at your campfire and the crickets and frogs
will serenade you... along with beautiful birds
singing in the melody.
There were an abundance of
deer and a wide variety of bird species each time I
paddled this spellbinding lake. Once while I was
paddling Santa Margarita Lake, a white tail feather
from a Bald Eagle fell from the sky and landed onto
the water within feet of my kayak.
With its fantastic long open waterways,
kayakers are sure to be satisfied with all
the natural attractions Santa Margarita
holds. From its unspoiled wilderness to its
beautiful boatin campsite settings, Santa
Margarita Lake is surely a must-see.
Whatever your liking is, you don’t want to
miss out on paddling this picturesque
Santa Margarita Lake is noted for
its first-rate kayak fishing opportunities.
Regularly stocked and with new high water levels
it’s a kayak anglers haven. An assortment of fish
dart about the lake’s shallows.
Open: The lake is open daily year-round for
kayaking from sunrise to sunset. The minimum boat
length is eight feet. There is a 30 m.p.h. speed
limit where posted. All private boats,
including kayaks, launching will be inspected for quagga mussels. Kayaks must be clean and dry or they
will not be allowed to launch.
Fees: Santa Margarita Lake has day use, launch,
pet and camping fees.
Lake Facilities: The park hosts a variety of
hiking and riding trails which offer breathtaking
views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Primitive boat-in sites are available at this park.
The facilities include a swimming pool,
sailing, fishing, boating, a marina, store, a boat
launch, boat rentals, (including kayaks), hiking and
horseback riding trails. Swimming, windsurfing, jet
and waterskiing are not permitted. Pets are allowed
on a leash 50’ from the water. The swimming pool is
open May through September.