Santa Margarita KOA makes a G*R*E*A*T Base Camp for exploring California’s Central Coast. There are fine restaurants, charming shops and over 400 wineries in the area. There are concerts, car shows, movies in parks, Farmer’s Markets and all sorts of other events year-round from Paso Robles to Pismo Beach. GOOGLE San Luis Obispo County to plan your outings. Here is a list of popular favorite haunts:
#Hike, Bike, Fish & or Rent a Boat at Santa Margarita Lake ($10/vehicle or walk in FREE)
#Margarita Adventures Zip Line
#Ravine Water Park in Paso Robles
#Avila Valley Barn, Roasted Corn & Beach
#Pismo Beach & ATV Rentals
#Morro Bay Rock & Embarcadero
#Montano de Oro State Park
#Cambria Shopping & Nit Wit Ridge
#Hearst Castle in San Simeon
#Elephant Seal Viewing & Lighthouse
#Madonna Inn & Horseback Riding
#San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market (Thu)
#Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo
#Wine Tasting & Antiquing Everywhere
NOTE: NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED IN SANTA MARGARITA LAKE!
Santa Margarita KOA is NOT affiliated with Santa Margarita Lake. We are a half mile before the lake. At Santa Margarita Lake you can hike, fish & boat for a fee. You may walk or bike in FREE; but there is no shoulder on the road so walk with caution. If you want to check out the lake anD marina, show your KOA Parking Tag and ask for a 15-20 minute Free Pass to check out what is offered. The marina rents kayaks, fishing boats & pontoon boats at reasonable prices. No reservations for boats; so head to the lake early to rent a boat or bring your own. Mention KOA for a discount!
CALLING ALL FISHERMEN
Santa Margarita Lake is an award-winning bass fishing lake. It is best to get your fishing license before you come to the lake at a sporting goods store or online at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales or Get your sport fishing license on-line at www.dfg.ca.gov. We sell bait for bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish & trout: Jumbo red worms, large crawlers, mini crawler, meal worms and anchovies.
NEW TO FISHING?
FREE FISHING DAYS: JULY 7 and SEPT. 1, 2018
Have you ever felt the excitement of watching your bobber suddenly jiggle, then dive out of sight? Or feeling the tap-tap-tap of a bass as it tastes the worm on the end of your line? Or having a salmon practically tear the rod out of your hands as it smashes your lure? What's that? You say you never learned to fish?If you are new to the sport of fishing, and not sure if you will enjoy it, a great opportunity awaits you. CDFW offers two Free Fishing Days each year. On these days, you can fish without a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days provide a great, low-cost way to give fishing a try. Some CDFW Regions offer a Fishing in the City program where you can go fishing in the middle of major metropolitan areas perhaps just a few blocks from your home. Fishing in the City and Free Fishing Day clinics are designed to educate novice anglers about fishing ethics, fish habits, effective methods for catching fish, and fishing tackle. You can even learn how to clean and prepare your catch so you can enjoy it for dinner that night.While all fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect, there are two days each year when anyone can fish without purchasing a fishing license.FREE FISHING DAYS: JULY 7 and SEPT. 1, 2018
Santa Margarita Lake Kiosk
4695 Santa Margarita Lake Rd.
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
There are nearly a dozen golf courses in San Luis Obispo County. If you are dying to perfect your golf swing and just have to get your feet on the green, try one of these select few courses. Avila Beach Resort - Avila Beach, BlackLake Golf Resort - Nipomo, Cypress Ridge - Arroyo Grande Morro Bay Golf Course - Morro Bay, Chalk Mountain Golf Course - Atascadero, Dairy Creek Golf Course - San Luis Obispo, Sea Pines Golf Resort - Los Osos, Hunter Ranch Golf Course - Paso Robles, Eagle Creek Golf Course - Atascadero, Laguna Lake Golf Course - San Luis Obispo, Links Course - Paso Robles.
Do you love to go antiquing? Santa Margarita Antique Barn offers one of the best antique depots in the area. It is filled with furniture, jewelry, clothing, and artifacts from days gone by. You will love every moment of it. Head north on El Camino Real a few miles from Santa Margarita and browse at the Wagon Wheel. You'll find lots of other antique shops in Paso Robles, just 30 minutes north on 101.
Unique boutiques and shops in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Factory outlet in Pismo Beach. Great souvenirs and fun items in Morro Bay, Cayucos and Cambria just 30 minutes away.
Enjoy horseback riding on the beach as well as driving your own vehicle on the sand. You can also rent ATV's to ride the dunes. Experience one of California's most beautiful beaches...up close and personal!
Visit the world famous Pismo Beach Dunes in Oceano...just 30 miles south of Santa Margarita on US101! Vehicles are allowed on portions of the beach. Rent a 4-wheeler or dune buggy and drive over the dunes yourself. If you are a thrill seeker, this is the place for you OR if you would rather sit and relax, you can enjoy the lovely California sun and beach.
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