Boating and Kayaking

Lompico's close proximity to both Loch Lomond Lake and the Pacific Ocean enables the boating and kayaking enthusiast to have the best of both worlds. Not only can you enjoy the serene quiet of boating or kayaking on a lake, but also take advantage of exciting sea kayaking or whale watching on the Pacific Ocean only 10 miles away.

Boating and Kayaking Locations

Loch Lomond Lake

Loch Lomond Lake is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the heart of Lompico and comprises an 87-acre lake stocked with Trout, Bluegills and Largemouth Bass. Fishing is always an option; just bring your pole. The lake side store rents electric and row boats, bait, tackle, fishing licenses, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

Santa Cruz Wharf

The Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest public Wharf on the west coast: a half mile long. It is the most recent of five wharves since the first wharf in Santa Cruz was built in 1850. It is now an open marine park that is open to the public and is accessible for bicycles, wheel chairs, pedestrians and automobiles. Boat and kayak rental are available from vendors on the Wharf.

Capitola Wharf

The first Capitola wharf was built in 1856 as a commercial pier for shipping lumber and farm products from Soquel to San Francisco. Once rail service was established, the commercial use of the wharf dropped off. The wharf is still used for fishing, boat launch, and for renting boats. Facilities include restrooms, a view deck, a restaurant, and a bait and tackle shop.

Santa Cruz Harbor

The Santa Cruz Harbor has a full service marina that houses about 1,200 boats and a launch ramp. The marina also has a fuel pier, charter boats, fishing and whale watching. Other activities include the Marine Sanctuary Center, Wednesday Night Sailboat Races, Marina Interpretive Walk, Thursday Night Beach Barbecues, Whale Watching, Competitive Volleyball, Circle Trail, Free Water Taxi, and the Santa Cruz Rowing Club.

Boat and Kayak Rentals

Capitola Boat and Bait

Rents boats, kayaks and fishing poles from the Capitola Wharf.

Loch Lomond Lake Boat Rentals

The lake side store rents electric and row boats, bait, tackle, fishing licenses, hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

Santa Cruz Boat Rentals

Rents boats, fishing poles & tackle from the Santa Cruz Wharf.

Kayak Connection

Offers rentals, tours and classes at the Santa Cruz Harbor and in Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing.

Venture Quest Kayaking

Offers sea kayaking tours, classes, sales and rentals at the Santa Cruz Wharf. Join them for sea kayaking tours throughout the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

Charters and Lessons

Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Go for a two hour sail aboard the 70-foot luxury sailing yacht, the Chardonnay II. They offer a variety of cruises including sunsets, whale watching, eco-touring, wine tasting, etc.

Chartle Charters

Specializing in Sportfishing. Private charters available for small groups.

Harbor Water Taxi

See the Santa Cruz Harbor and have fun too! Free inner-harbor water taxi stops at four locations.

Kayak Connection

Offers rentals, tours and classes at the Santa Cruz Harbor and in Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing.

Pacific Yachting and Sailing

Located in Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. Offers sailing instruction programs from Basic to Offshore Sail Training, Barefoot Charters, Team-Building and Skippered Charters.

Stagnaro's Sportfishing

Located on the Santa Cruz Wharf. The Stagnaro family has been serving the Santa Cruz area for over a century, ever since Italian patriarch Cottardo Stagnaro settled in Santa Cruz in 1879. This historical landmark business has something for everyone: Fishing Trips, Scenic Bay Cruises, Whale & Dolphin Watching and Private Parties for any occasion.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Auxiliarists assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security and environmental protection and Coast Guard Academy introduction programs for youth.

U.S. Power Squadrons

Organized in 1914, USPS is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

UCSC Recreation

During the summer, sailing, rowing and boating courses are open to the public. Membership in UCSC's sailing club and usage of boats is available year-round.