Santa Margarita Lake

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About Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake ain’t a half-bad place to enjoy a margarita, if you ask us. Located in the mountains outside San Luis Obispo, you could kick back by the lake and enjoy an icy cold one while contemplating what you’ll do next. You’ll need a while, because the list of things to do here is long. You could tour the outskirts of the lake on horseback, or paddle to the center in a kayak. Or maybe you’d rather take a scenic hike in the foothills. On the other hand, the more adventurous might enjoy cruising one of the many mountain biking paths in the area, while the more relaxed can cast a line in the lake and patiently wait for a bite. Whatever your speed, Santa Margarita Lake is sure to please.

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Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Area

1. Santa Margarita Lake Recreation Area

Take it slow in SLO county, and head to the primitive campground sites at Santa Margarita Lake. The Lake provides boating, fishing, hiking trails,...

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Jaymie: The drought really changes this place. The water level is v low so it's not like the lake is the point of camping here. What's...
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August 19th, 2015
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August 19th, 2015
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August 19th, 2015
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Hipcamper Jaymie

The drought really changes this place. The water level is v low so it's not like the lake is the point of camping here. What's great about this place is the hikes around the lake. They take you up classic central coast ecology—beware poison oak and ticks! Camping here was chill. Lot's of stars!

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History of Santa Margarita Lake

Created by the construction of the Salinas Dam in 1941, Santa Margarita Lake was originally designed to furnish water to Camp San Luis Obispo. Today, swimming in the lake is not permitted as it is the drinking water reservoir for the City of San Luis Obispo.