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Santa Margarita Lake 

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Santa Margarita Lake Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

 Santa Margarita Lake’s sparkling blue water spills over its banks and its grassy slopes speckled with live oak and pine foSanta Margarita Lake Kayak Fishingrests 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 retreat.santa margarita lake kayaking -3

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.

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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 The Best Places to Kayak in California Guide Bookavailable 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.


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