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Loch Lomond Recreation Area

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June 9, 2020 - Loch Lomond has reopened on a limited basis in compliance with Covid-19 social distancing protocols. At this time only 40 vehicles will be allowed into the park at a time for hiking and shore fishing. Hiking trails are open. Boat rentals, fishing licenses, alcohol permits, picnicking and barbequing are not available at this time. The park is open Thursday through Tuesday, 7:00AM to 8:30PM.

Loch Lomond Recreation Area (LLRA) is owned and operated by the City of Santa Cruz Water Department.  Loch Lomond Reservoir's primary function is water storage for Santa Cruz residents.  The Recreation work group that operate LLRA are part of the City of Santa Cruz Water Department's Watershed Section along with the Water Resources Management work group. A range of activities can be found at LLRA including boat rentals, picnicking, fishing, hiking, natural resources interpretive programming. LLRA staff also provide surveillance and security on surrounding City watershed lands and riparian conservation areas.

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



Season opening day:  March 1st

March:  7 AM – 7 PM

April:  7 AM – 7:30 PM

May:  7 AM – 8 PM

June:  7 AM – 8:30 PM

July:  7 AM – 8:30 PM

August – Labor Day:  7 AM – 8:00 PM

LABOR DAY – Second Weekend of October:  7 AM – 6 PM (WEEKENDS ONLY)

*Please note that Loch Lomond Recreation Area will be closed routinely every Wednesday during the open season to meet maintenance and other water system operational and organizational needs. 


Vehicle - $8

Season Pass - $80


Electric Motor Boat (aluminum):

2 hr minimum M-F, $30 first 2 hours, $15 each hour thereafter, $90 all day

3 hr minimum on weekends and holidays before noon, $45 first 3 hours, $15 each hour thereafter, $90 all day

Row Boats (aluminum), Paddle Boats and Nucanoes*

2 hr minimum, $15 first 2 hours, $7.50 each hour thereafter, $45 all day

*No reservations available for Nucanoes

Boats are Rented on a First Come, First Served Basis

  • All boats must be off the lake 1 hour prior to park closing time
  • No outside boats/paddleboards allowed with the exception of boats in the private boat storage program (details below).
  • A limited number of boats (excluding Nucanoes) may be reserved for the maximum daily rate by calling (831) 335-7424 at least one day prior. No refunds.
  • You may bring your own electric motor/marine battery for use on our rowboats

    (subject to mandatory inspection for clean, dry prop prior to use)

ALCOHOL PERMITS (Over 21 years of age, ID required)

1-5 adults: $5

5+ adults: $50


Vista Point group area $70.00

Upper Loch group area $70.00

Wedding venue $250.00

Reservations may be made by calling (831) 335-7424



  • Hiking
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing (DFW licenses sold here)
  • Picnicking (charcoal BBQ pits available)
  • Group picnics (oversized BBQ pits available)
  • Weddings
  • Park store with limited selection of snacks and drinks, tackle, bait
  • School environmental education events
  • Free public natural history education events
  • Free on-the-water interpretive tours

Loch Lomond is a pet friendly ecreation area!

Pets on leash are welcome on ALL trails and picnic areas. However, they are not permitted on our rental boats or in the reservoir.


Due to the concern regarding contamination of the reservoir with aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian mussels, private boat launching will be restricted to allow only boats that are stored at the Loch Lomond Recreation Area. Annual storage fee for trailered boats is $355 and $275 for non-trailered boats. This includes inspection/decontamination and launch fees. New in 2018 we started a half-season storage program available as well.  The fee for half-season storage of trailered boats is $230 and the half-season storage fee for  for non-trailered boats is $150. The half season rate begins after June 15th.  Entrance fees still apply. Boats may be removed, but must be decontaminated ($25 fee) prior to re-entry into Loch Lomond Reservoir. Annual passes are also available for sale. Space is limited to about 100 boats. Limited boat trailer space is also available.  A substantial rental fleet is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff can be contacted at 831-335-7424 for more information.

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