Loch Lomond: Five Reasons to Go Now

The mountain reservoir for the city of Santa Cruz is a well-kept secret among the outdoorsy set. Here are five reasons why late summer is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with this gem:

July 31 is the last day the reservoir is open until 8:30pm. If you haven’t experienced the glory of late summer sunlight glinting off a large body of fresh water, don’t delay. It will make you believe you’re on vacation.

Fish are jumping. Right now they’re catching bluegill in the sunny shallows and rainbow trout in the depths. Yum.

Running a paddleboat will give you glutes of steel. Not a joke. It may look like Cleopatra’s barge, especially the gold glittery one, but powering one of these things across the lake is a terrific workout.

Electric rowboats! Among its fleet of rowboats are eight with electric battery-run trolling motors available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10/hour. (Muscle-powered watercraft: $5/hour.)

Admission is free after 4pm. Saving even $4 feels good.

Find a map to Loch Lomond, in the mountain community of Lompico, on The Hilltromper Guide to Loch Lomond. The reservoir opens at 7am and closes at 8:30pm until July 31, 8pm Aug. 1-Labor Day. 831.335.7424.

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