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Loch Lomond Paddling

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • The Loch Lomond Park Store offers boat rentals as well as snacks, bait and fishing licenses, and rangers that can answer questions about the Loch Lomond Recreation Area.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • A fleet of rental boats docked at the park store, including pedal boats, kayaks, row boats and electric-assist row boats. - Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Colorful pedal boats docked in Loch Lomond.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • View from a kayak out on Loch Lomond heading into one of the narrow coves.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Loch Lomond is very popular for fishing, and the boats offer an easy way to get out on the water.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Docks are located on islands and along the lake shore for boats to tie up to.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Fishing Loch Lomond.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Picnic tables located on Clair Innis Island, which is a short distance from the park store.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Pedal boating Loch Lomond.- Loch Lomond Paddling
  • Deer Flat Picnic Area offers a distant dock and picnic ground can be reached by boat or by foot.- Loch Lomond Paddling
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Pros: 
Variety of recreational opportunities. Easy boat rentals.
Cons: 
Few amenities located along the trails.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Site characteristics: Water: 
Lake
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Portage required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Put-in location (lat, long coordinates): 
37.110840, -122.064817
Shuttle required: 
No
Take-out location (lat, long coordinates): 
37.110840, -122.064817
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Typically multi-day: 
No
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Water temperature: 
50.00 °F (10.00 °C)
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description

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Loch Lomond is the central part of the Loch Lomond Recreation Area, which is located in the mountains above Santa Cruz. Of the variety of activities offered at the recreation area, getting out on a boat on the 175-acre reservoir lake may be one of the most enjoyable, and the park is set up to offer rentals to make the process streamlined and easy. The park store, located at the end of the Loch Lomond Way, rents out kayaks, pedal boats, row boats and electric-assisted row boats. As no personal boats are allowed on the lake, these boat rentals are the only way to get out on the mountain lake. 

Loch Lomond provides drinking water for the Santa Cruz area, and its waters provide habitat for largemouth bass, trout and bluegill. The lake shore tends to be a popular spot for fishing, particularly among locals who head up to the lake in the afternoons to try for a quick catch. And while fishing from boats is also a popular option, the recreation area has developed docks and picnic areas around the lake that make for great paddling or boating destinations. Claire Innis Island, located not far from the boat rental docks, has picnic tables and grills. Further down the shore, Deer Flat Picnic Area has tables and grills and tends to be quieter than the shore nearer to the parking area. There are several coves that can also be explored by boat. Boat rental prices are $7.50 per hour with a two hour minimum for human-powered boats, $15 per hour for electric-assist boats. Additionally, there are options for day rates. Boats on a day-rate basis can be reserved with 24 hour notice, but reservations not necessary.

Park hours vary by season, but they can be found here. Dogs on leash are allowed in the recreation area, but they are not allowed on boats. Swimming is not permitted in the lake. Additional questions can be directed to the Loch Lomond office at 831.420.5320.

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