Recreation - Loch Lomond


Loch Lomond Recreation Area is currently closed
Due to low rainfall over the past several winters and current low water conditions, Loch Lomond will remain closed until further notice. Loch Lomond is normally open from March 1 through Labor Day and then Saturdays and Sundays though mid October of each year.

In 2012, the Recreation workgroup (which operates the Loch Lomond Recreation Area) merged with the Water Resources Management workgroup to form the Watershed Section of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department.  While the recreation focus of the Recreation workgroup continues, increased collaboration on broader Watershed Section activities is currently occurring - with many more exciting things planned for the future.  Stay tuned here for more info!

Loch - photo by Scot Lang  

Loch Lomond sunset

General Information
The Recreation Section of the Water Department operates and maintains Loch Lomond Recreation Area, and also provides a security presence on Water Department owned watershed property.

The Loch Lomond Recreation Area, includes a scenic 175 acre reservoir, provides the public with fishing, picnicking, boating and hiking opportunities annually from March 1 to mid October. Water Department Rangers coordinate the operation a park store, a boat rental fleet and provide public service in the form of education, municipal code enforcement, and first aid. A staff of Ranger Assistants and seasonal Recreation Area Aides assist the Rangers in maintaining the Recreation Area, collecting fees, and operating the store.

A map of Loch Lomond and surrounding trails and other facilities can be found here.

Boat Restrictions
Due to the concern regarding contamination of the reservoir with aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian dreissenid mussels (specifically, Quagga and Zebra mussels) private boat launching will be restricted to boats that are stored at the Loch Lomond Recreation Area for the season. There is a $25.00 inspection/decontamination fee as well as a $200 annual storage fee. Entrance and launch fees still apply. Annual passes are also available for sale. Space is limited to about 100 boats.  (Boat trailer space is not currently available.) Recreation Area Water Engineering Musselsstaff can be contacted by calling 831-335-7424 for more information. A substantial boat rental fleet is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information regarding AIS go to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Water Recreation Contact:
Loch Lomond Recreation Area
100 Loch Lomond Way
Felton, California 95018
(831) 335-7424; Fax (831) 335-1178

Gar Eidam, Chief Ranger

Chris Berry, Watershed Manager