Glide Through The Great Outdoors

There’s no better way to relax and hit the reset button than exploring Santa Margarita Lake on a guided kayak tour. The sights, sounds, and animals will give you the most beautiful and stimulating experience as you reconnect with nature. Everyone needs time to relax, unwind, and explore — and this is the perfect way to do it! Everyone knows that the best place to be is in the water, or at least on top of it, and kayaking allows you to do both (at least while you’re getting started). Don’t worry too much, kayaking is easy once you get the hang of it, and Santa Margarita Lake makes it a breeze for you to hop into one of our kayaks and take it for a spin. Our guided kayaking tours are great for beginners and experts alike, so contact us today and book a kayak tour now.

What Do You Need?

We provide the kayak, a “dry bag” for personal items, paddles, a bilge pump, and the safety vests. All you need to bring is:

  • Water socks, booties, or sandals with a heel strap, as shoes are required.
  • A water bottle, sunscreen, chapstick, and a hat.
  • Layers! The weather can change during your tour, so be prepared.

Be Prepared for the Following:

  • Participants Must be Physically Able to Sit Against a Backrest with Their Legs Extended While Paddling for An Extended Period of Time.
  • Guests May Weigh Up To, but No More Than, 350 Pounds 
  • Please Be Prepared to Complete a Short Hike 
  • If You are Pregnant or Have Other Health Concerns, Please Consult Your Physician Prior to Kayaking

What you Can Expect with Our Guided Tours

Santa Margarita Lake is known for its majestic rock formations, secluded settings, and abundant wildlife, like eagles, hawks, herons, pelicans, deer, and much more! While you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for any of these sightings. Our tours are 4 hours long and span 3 miles, giving you breathtaking views of the skies, the water, and the woods. The tour includes a picnic snack break that allows you to take a rest along the peaceful shores of Santa Margarita Lake. During this time, you’ll get to enjoy your food while indulging your senses in the beautiful surroundings

Reboot Your Connection with Nature

Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake was originally designed to furnish water to Camp San Luis Obispo, but today, it is the drinking reservoir for the city of San Luis Obispo. Although there is no swimming permitted in the lake, residents go there to fish and explore the lake via boat. The natural area that surrounds the lake is absolutely stunning, and represents several thousand acres of designated open space that is managed for its natural resources and environmental educational opportunities. The developed area of the Santa Margarita Lake Natural Area is accessible to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Because the natural area is meant for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, there are no motor vehicles allowed. Because of the thousands of acres of open space that are protected, there are countless plant and animal species. It is a peaceful boating atmosphere, which is why kayaking there is perfect! There is no better way to unwind than doing so surrounded by stunning wildlife.

Park Use

There are 60 primitive campsites around the park, located in the Coyote, Roadrunner, Grey Pine, and Osprey Park that are available upon reservation. These destinations are great if you want to continue exploring Santa Margarita Lake after your kayak tour. Primitive campgrounds mean that there is little to no infrastructure or amenities for use. While this traditionally means that there are no bathrooms and faucets for use, there are coin-operated shower facilities that are available. In addition to the campgrounds, there are plenty of picnic areas and hiking trails scattered around the park that give you stunning views of the natural area and the lake. If fishing and boating is more your speed, then cast your line in for redear, trout, catfish, crappie, and bluegill.

Relax and Unwind with Our Guided Kayak Tour


In addition to experiencing the unique beauty of Santa Margarita Lake, you should also join us on our kayak tours because it is great exercise and provides a low-stress workout, and because it is a great and fun way to spend time with your friends and family. Kayaking can be as challenging or as relaxing as you desire, but there’s nothing you have to prove when you kayak with us. Book a kayak tour with us today, but if open water isn’t your thing, you can also soar through the sky on our zipline tour or experience nature another way by taking a guided nature tour. You can even come to us for group events and corporate retreats. Contact us today for more information about our adventure tours or our Wine, Hotel, and Adventure packages. We look forward to hearing from you!

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