1. Take a stroll with your four-legged friend along the groomed “5 K Dog Path.” The convenient marina trailhead loops around for easy exploration of the area’s oak studded hillsides and beautiful views of the lake. 

  2. Grab a pair of binoculars and cruise the shoreline for a bit of birdwatching. Keen nature lovers can spy eagles nestled high in the native trees throughout the year. A lucky few may even see one or two soaring about the lake.

  3. Fishing is a must – whether along some 165 miles of pristine shore or while trolling in the slower waters in your own pontoon boat. Stories of numerous fish “boils” inspire even the notice fisherman to have a line prepped at any given moment.

  4. Explore the serene weaving inlets of the famous dragon-shaped lake via kayak or paddleboard. The shoreline of Lake Nacimiento changes weekly as water is let out of the dam throughout the summer. Take advantage of the new terrain with family members of all ages and venture out into hidden, more shallow coves. Available to rent at the marina store.

  5. Rent a wave runner to launch for the day.  With 18 miles of water, the best way to see the lake is with a bit of speed – and wave runners are a great solution for those who don’t own boats.