Friday, August 5, 2011

Kayak Lexington Reservoir

I just found out that Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos is open to kayakers again after being closed last season. This is great news for South Bay kayakers! There are a few other lakes in the South Bay available to paddle, but most are also used by fast moving motor boats.

With no motor boats allowed, Lexington Reservoir seems like a nice way to spend an afternoon. It's not a big lake, only 2 miles end to end, but it has several offshoots to explore. The Miller day use area is accessible by boat or car and in only 1/2 mile away from the boat ramp. It has picnic tables and a porta potty.

There is a $5 lake use fee, $6 parking and $7 boat inspection fee.

Here are some pictures of Lexington Reservoir:
http://www.westernwaterscanoeclub.org/photos/lexington/lexington.html

Here is a description of Lexington Reservoir from the Santa Clara Parks department:
http://www.sccgov.org/portal/site/parks/parksarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FParks%2520and%2520Recreation%252C%2520Department%2520of%2520%2528DEP%2529&contentId=e7f37d256b784010VgnVCMP2200049dc4a92____

Here is a park map:
http://www.sccgov.org/SCC/docs%2FParks%20and%20Recreation%2C%20Department%20of%20%28DEP%29%2Fattachments%2F199360Lexington%20Map.pdf

This is the location of the boat launch on Google Maps, which you can use to get directions to:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=37.200134,-121.986581&sll=37.192501,-121.987832&sspn=0.017778,0.032015&num=1&t=h&gl=us&z=18

2 comments:

  1. At least you still get to enjoy the area. They do have some restrictions on the motorboat.

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  2. I think this is great. Allowing motor boats in Lexington Reservoir will only ruin the peaceful atmosphere of the place. It will be very relaxing to kayak these waters and enjoy the scenery from now on.

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