Lake Santa Margarita
Lake Santa Margarita is a gorgeous park and lake located in the San
Obispo region of the Central Coast of California. If you are
looking for some outdoor fun
on the Central Coast this is the place to visit.
You can spend a day or camp which ever suites your fancy.
The Lake is Located just out side of the little community of Santa
Margarita. The beautiful lake is hard to find, at least is was
for us. The signs were hard to see and we spent about an hour
trying to figure out how to get to the lake.
The map below will help but keep your eyes peeled for
the signs when going through the town of Santa Margarita.
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Fishing - Fun - Floating
It was a fall day when we took a drive over the hill to the
lake Santa Margarita. We had never been to Santa Margarita Lake
and we were
looking forward to seeing the sights.
The trees were shedding their leaves and the color of the leaves on
amazing. We live in Cambria, California and most of the trees
are evergreen trees so we don't have the pleasure of watching leaves
The day we visited there were only a couple of people around the
lake. I ask the park attendant what it was like in the heat of
summer and she just smile and said, "this place is packed."
In this area of California the temperature gets into triple digits
a regular basis in the summer. I know, without a doubt, the lake
during the summer months.
If you are into skiing Lake Santa
Margarita is not
for you. The lake does not allow water skiers or
jet skiers. The lake supplies drinking
for San Luis Obispo and body contact is strictly forbidden. I don't
think I have ever been to a lake were skiing and swimming was not
allowed. It seems weird to even allow fishing in a drinking water
The lake is really narrow in most places and if skiers were allowed it
could be very dangerous.
If you like fresh water fishing this lake is great place to wet a
hook. The lake is fully stocked with Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth
Bass, Crappie, Rainbow Trout
and many more species of
The Lake provides camping areas for RV's and tents. You have to
make reservation well in advance to secure your camping spot. For
information on camping at Lake Santa
Margarita Click Here.
Lake Looks like a Dragon!
The lake is 7 miles long. It doesn't look like a very big lake
but it has 22 miles of shoreline and takes up 1100 surface
acres. The map above makes the lake look like a giant
We definitely recommend a visit to the lake when you visit the Central
Coast of California. It is not that far from San Luis, Cambria or
any other town on the coast. It would be a great place to take
the kids, picnic or rent a Kayak.