Trout plants spark real action in cooler months. Fishing is good from shore or use one of the launch ramps and try your luck from a boat or canoe. Though noted for its excellent fishing and peaceful boating, the park also hosts a vast range of hiking and riding trails which offer breath-taking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Santa Margarita Lake is approximately seven miles southeast of Hwy 101 and Hwy 58. With thousands of acres of unspoiled open space, the park is home to countless species of plants and wildlife making it the perfect location for nature study, boating and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy other activities along the central coast including historic sites, golf courses, wineries and Hearst Castle - all a short drive from Santa Margarita Lake.