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Kayaking Santa Margarita Lake

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 parks hundreds of unspoiled acres and 22 miles of scenic shoreline to explore make it the perfect destination for canoeing and kayaking. 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.

Kayaking and canoeing can be one of the most emotionally and physically gratifying experiences you’ll ever have. It can provide a pleasurable time away from life’s day-to-day stress, whether you enjoy day tripping, extended weekend jaunts or expedition touring.

So sit back and get ready to dSanta Margarita Lake Kayak Fishingiscover another unbelievable paddling paradise nested in an idyllic setting with panoramic landscapes, and secluded campsites where you can also enjoy fishing, hiking and horseback riding.

Located in Central California in northern San Luis Obispo County, Santa Margarita Lake is truly a sight to see. Dramatic picturesque scenery throughout its numerous coves provides endless photographic opportunities; especially during the fall when all of the vibrant colored leaves reflect a tapestry of color upon the calm water. Paddle at sunrise to fully appreciate the reflective beauty on the water’s smooth surface.

Santa Margarita Lake is noted for its first-rate 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. Cast your line from along the shore and you'll find hungry bass, trout, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Or try your luck from a kayak or canoe. The marina is re-opening for the first time in three years. The lake is stocked by the county and Department of Fish and Game with 50,000 rainbow trout in the 10 to 12 inch class in the winter and spring. There are also a good population of largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill.

Santa Margarita lake Canoeing

It’s about a six-hour paddle around the entire lake perimeter. The eastern shore is the most scenic area, especially at the very end of the lake.  The park hosts a variety of hiking and riding trails which offer breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Primitive boat-in sites are available at this park. This lake is 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.

Two public boat launches and a marina are available. Boat rentals range from leisurely pSanta Margarita Lake Canoeingaddle boats and pontoon boats to bass boats for anglers. Accommodations range from lodge rentals to camping and RV facilities.

Request a campsite with shade when making camping reservations because it can get sizzling hot here in the summer. Swimming and body contact is not permitted, but there is a swimming pool to dunk in if you need to cool off. I once encountered fog at Santa Margarita Lake, which according to the park attendant, was an unusual There is often a mist hovering just above the water surface first thing in the morning, but it dissipates quickly.

Santa Margarita attracts visitors throughout the entire year for outdoor recreational activities and water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. 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 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. 

 

 

 
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