Justin Bevins, Author at Canyon Lake California - Page 2 of 5

All Posts by Justin Bevins

About the Author

Canyon Lake resident and outdoor enthusiast who loves wakeboarding, golf, paddle boarding and living in Southern California. Licensed real estate broker, investor and developer.

10 Things To Be Thankful For in Canyon Lake

By Justin Bevins | Featured

It’s that time of the year when Canyon Lakers give thanks for the good in their lives.  Besides family, friends, health & home, many of us are thankful to be able to live in such a great community.  Some also make great sacrifice to live here, like commuting to work great distances every day, but it’s worth it.  We put together a list of the things that we hear people express thanks for the most often in the community.  Here they are in no particular order:

1. Sunsets

Canyon Lake SunsetWow! We have some amazing sunsets.  If you’ve never gone down to the lake at dusk and just marveled at the beauty of the sunset over the water, you are really missing out.  Try it sometime.  Head down to Indian Beach, Holiday Harbor, or the aptly named Sunset Beach and soak it in.  It’s a great way to end the day.

2. Low Cost of Living

Relatively speaking Canyon Lake is very affordable.  Housing prices are reasonable especially for the area and the amenities.  The taxes are low at just over 1% for every property in the area including new homes which is almost unheard of in most housing tracts.  And our HOA at $248 is still a bargain for everything we enjoy.  Look at new home tracts all around and many of their HOA’s are $100-$200 a month and they might get a park, a swimming pool, and some landscaping for the community.  Go to Orange County and the same limited amenities will cost $300+.  We have a private lake, gated security, 14 parks and beaches, equestrian center, tennis courts, lodge, campground and so much more.  It’s really pretty amazing that our dues pay to maintain all of that and much of it’s use is free or extremely cheap.

3. The Lake

Boat DocksThe lake that draws so many of us here is an incredible resource.  We have the ability to boat, fish, water ski, wakeboard and more.  And the best part is you’re in the water in 5 minute from anywhere in the community.  Do you realize that there are only about a half dozen places in California where you can park your boat on the water right outside your back door.  It’s such a unique recreation body of water.

4. Safety and Security

Canyon Lake certainly has some crime, but it’s so minor compared to many other communities.  Violent crimes are so rare and most of the local crime is minor vandalism and theft.  And for a city with nearly 15,000 inhabitants, the crime rate is pretty low.  Overall, it’s still one of the safest cities in California every year.

IMG_30515. Vibrant Community and Interesting People

If you’re open to meeting people, there is no shortage of interesting, colorful people in Canyon Lake.  We have movie stars, world class athletes, amazing artists, self sacrificing public servants, and more than a handful of heroes not to mention all the good folks who have lived here at one time or another and left their mark on the community and humanity.  Want to meet some of them?  Just get out to the many events that are held inside the community every year.

6. Great Location

It’s been said that Southern California is America’s playground.  And we are smack dab in the middle of it.  Snow skiing an hour and a half away.  The beach less than hour.  Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs all easily drivable.  There is so much richness, culture, art, and recreation all around us in every direction, that it’s hard some days to narrow down what to do!

7. Wildlife

The lake and our location and climate bring us some amazing winged wildlife – spotted owls, blue herons, hawks, ducks, geese and more.  If you are a bird watcher or wildlife enthusiast, you don’t have to go far to see some beautiful species.

8. Volunteers

Our closeness as a community brings out the philanthropy and giving in others.  Not many places have so many people willing to help out others in the community by volunteering their time and money the way Canyon Lakers do.  And special recognition really goes to the many clubs that give so selflessly through their events and fundraisers like The Lions, Jr. Women’s Club, CLAWS and many others.  And let’s not forget the Tuesday Work Group that does a lot of beautification projects on the golf course for free.

9. Great Weather

What else can we say?  It’s the day before Thanksgiving and the temperature is 72 degrees and it’s a beautifully sunny day with not a cloud in the sky.

10. Things to Do All Year

IMG_1772It would be an understatement to say that Canyon Lake is a recreational community.  With events like, Fiesta Day, Taco Tuesday, Christmas Boat Parade, The Car Show, 4th of July Spectacular, Weekly Farmers Market and more it’s impossible to get bored around here!  To have so many well organized events that are within a walk or golf cart’s drive from your home is really something special that most cities and communities would envy.

Canyon Lake really is something special and a place to be thankful for.  What part of our community are you thankful for and what other blessings do you have this Novemeber that you want to say “Thanks” for?  Leave us a comment and let us know.

Canyon Lake Real Estate Report 3rd Quarter 2013

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Real Estate

Summer 2013 showed continued improvement in the Canyon Lake Housing Market with average prices increasing and quick turnover of properties.  Here are the highlights from July, August and September:

  1. Low supply and high demand was the norm with multiple offers on properties.  With an average of only 60-70 properties available for sale over the summer, buyers were offering over the list price in many cases and writing very clean offers.  It was common to see buyers waive termite repairs, home warranties and even appraisals in some transactions.
  2. Entry level waterfront sales were hot.  The low end for lake homes started the year in the $400’s and jumped to the mid to high $500’s by late July.  Summers are typically a good time to sell a waterfront and this year was no exception however the high end waterfront market has not come back as strong yet.
  3. Most of the price action was between $200,000 and $400,000.  Because of affordability and FHA loan limits, most of the home sales were under $400,000.  Investors still bought a lot of homes, but for them the more attractive prices were under $300,000.  There are still a lot of 1st time home buyers in the market at these prices and a lot of folks who realize that it’s cheaper to buy than rent in most cases.
  4. As prices have come up 15-20% year over year, many sellers have equity in their homes and are making move ups into to mid range homes.  Most short sales and foreclosures have disappeared from our market compared to a year ago when those distressed sales were as much as 60% of the market some months.

Here are the numbers for the 3rd quarter of 2013 in Canyon Lake:

Sold Properties July/2013-Sept/2013

  • Homes       84    $214,000-$1,500,000
  • Condos       4     $92,000-$425,000
  • Mobiles      4      $115,000-$148,000
  • Lots             9      $29,000-$70,000

What to expect for home sales in October, November and December

The holidays are typically a slower time for real estate in Canyon Lake.  That coupled with the recent government shutdown and slightly higher interest rates might cool the market a little.  More homes are available right now (approx. 100 in Canyon Lake) so it means more supply and less demand.  Expect prices to be a flat for the rest of the year and multiple offers to be rare except in the case of really special properties that have great buyer appeal.  There are still buyers out there ready to make a purchase but we can expect more normal turnover and modest appreciation than we saw during the summer.  Next January and February should see a bump up in activity as in most years around Canyon Lake.

Current market snapshot compared to a year ago:

3rd Qtr Canyon Lake Home Sales

Currently Active Properties 10/22/13

  • Homes       102   $255,000-$2,200,000
  • Condos       4      $185,000-$419,000
  • Mobiles      1      $125,000
  • Lots            24    $19,800-$350,000

Currently Pending Properties 10/22/13 *

  • Homes       45     $180,000-$775,000
  • Condos       3      $160,000-$250,000
  • Mobiles      1      $138,000
  • Lots             3      $35,000-$228,500

*pending prices based on last listed price, actual sales price not known until sale closes

Do you want to see how this compares with 1st quarter real estate sales in Canyon Lake?

Do you want to search for currently active homes or condos in Canyon Lake?

Information provided by:

Justin Bevins | Century 21 Full Realty Services
951-326-0521 | BRE #01407424

Data provided by California Regional Multiple Listing Service and National Association of Realtors RPR

Pumpkin Patches Around Canyon Lake

By Justin Bevins | Featured

PumpkinsHalloween is only 10 days away so this is prime time to find that perfect pumpkin to create your jack-o-lantern masterpiece.  There are some great pumpkin patches within a short drive of Canyon Lake, many that offer rides and other activities for the kids and adults alike.  Here’s a rundown of the best local pumpkin patches:

Norris Amusement Pumpkin Patch – 18614 Dexter Ave., Lake Elsinore

You’ve probably seen this little patch from the I-15.  The good folks at Norris Amusement can be seen out there every Halloween with pumpkins and at Christmas time with a tree lot.  They have a lot of pumpkins, small rides for the kids, and other entertainment.  Get off at HWY 74 and turn left at Dexter, right behind the Burger King.

Wickerd Farm Pumpkin Patch – 26852 Scott Rd., Menifee

The good folks at the Wickerd Farm have been bringing some of the best pumpkins to the area since 1991.  They are open everyday from 10-8 and until 9pm on Friday and Saturdays.  For next weekend they will have jumpers for kids, local vendors and food.  There will also be a pumpkin pie eating contest and costume contests.  Haunted Hayrides start at 8pm.  Get more information and driving directions on the Wickerd Farms website.

Toms Farms Pumpkin PatchTom’s Farms Pumpkin Patch – 23900 Temescal Canyon Rd., Corona

Tom’s Farms has a great pumpkin patch every year and with all the other attractions at this local farmer’s market, you could spend the whole day there.  The pumpkin patch is open every weekend and there is even a pumpkin carving contest this weekend.

Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch – 40820 Winchester Rd., Temecula

Open every day from 10am to 9pm at the promenade mall Hunter’s Pumpkin Patch is a great time for everyone.  They have a huge inflatable slide that you can’t miss and there is so much more… tractor rides, petting zoo, hay maze and inflatables.  And of course, there are lots of pumpkins.

Big Horse Corn Maze and Harvest Festival – 33320 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula

Big Horse Feed and Mercantile offers a one of a kind experience with an 11 acre corn maze – one of the only corn mazes in Southern California.  This weekend, you can take the kids for pony rides, jump in the “corn box” or try pumpkin bowling.  Open weekdays from 1-5 and weekends from 10-4.  Check the Big Horse Corn Maze website for details.

Want some tips on carving a pumpkin?  These are pretty easy instructions to follow.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

Car Club Flexes it’s Muscle Cars This Weekend

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Canyon Lake Car Club Car ShowThe Canyon Lake Car Club is sponsoring it’s annual Car Show this weekend at the Lodge.  Hundreds of car collectors from the community and locally will by shinin’ and showin’ all day Saturday.  The October Car Show is always a spectacular event.

Canyon Lake has an exceptional group of car collectors and most weekends, you can see a few classics cruising around the lake.  It’s not really a surprise to know that there are hundreds of classic cars in the community making a big garage a coveted thing around here.

Each year the Car Club with it’s 158 members participates in events and rides all over Southern California.  They also volunteer and donate time and proceeds to help good causes, local and national charities.  Silent auction proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Progeria Research Foundation.

Canyon Lake ShelbySo what can you expect to see at the Car Show this weekend?  You’ll see a variety of pre 1973 custom rods, muscle cars, woody’s and probably a few unique autos you’ve never heard of.  There will be Mustangs, GTO’s, T-Birds, Classic Corvettes, Convertibles, Sedans, and maybe even a Studebaker or two.  It’s a fun event that will feature classic music, food, drinks, vendor booths and more.

Get there between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm and leave yourself lots of time to see all the sweet rides.  There will be a cruise around the lake at 3:30 which should be fun to watch – it’s not often you see a classic car caravan of this size on the road.  The weather should be perfect this weekend with temps in the 70’s so it’s a great time to get out and see some cool cars.

If you have a pre- 1973 classic car and are interested in joining the Canyon Lake Car Club, you can get more information on their website.

Canyon Lake Car Club

 

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][print_gllr id=1529]

 [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Wakeboard Club Final Tournament of the Year (and more Oktoberfest)

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

The Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club is hosting it’s final tournament of the year Saturday at the Lake Elsinore Channel.  Riders of all ages and abilities will be competing for points and prizes as they finish up a great season of riding.

CLWC

The Wakeboard Club has been supporting the sport in our community for years and their volunteers work tirelessly because of a love for the sport.  A lot of great wakeboarders call Canyon Lake home and have developed their skills over the years riding in the club tournaments… guys like Jacob and  Eddie Valdez who grew up on the backwaters of Canyon Lake.  Great riders and instructors like Brent Baum and Noah Petrich help support the club activities and events throughout the year.

Wakeboard Club 2The Lake Elsinore channel is a great location for contests because of ample parking, easy access, and a panoramic view of the action.  If you want to check out the tourney this weekend, head down to the channel next to Storm Stadium after 9:00 am.  If you want to get in on the action and get a few pulls behind the boat, get there at 8:00 am for registration.

Check out the Wakeboard Club’s website for more information about this weekend and their other events.

Lake Elsinore OktoberfestIf you’re hungry after riding or watching the action in the channel, head next door to Storm Stadium for their annual Oktoberfest celebration from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday… or come back Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Showcase breweries include Hangar 24, Bootleggers Brewery, Karl Strauss, New Belgium, and Sam Adams.

You can expect great German food, an Oompa band and lots of great activities for all ages in typical Storm Stadium fashion.  There will also be a wide variety of local artisans, crafters, and businesses with their own booths.

OompaBandThe Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore has sponsored this great event for three years running and it never disappoints.  You can purchase tickets on site.  Admission is only $5.00 – beers and food are separate.  Or you can purchase one of the taster packages.  Bring your lederhosen and please drink responsibly.

* Wakeboard photos and logo courtesy of Canyon Lake Wakeboard club and Glen Burk Photography.  Oktoberfest photos attributed to Storm Entertainment.

 

 

 

Things To Do Around Canyon Lake Sept 21-22

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Cooler weekends in Canyon Lake are here and there are lots of great things to do in and around the community.  The water is still warm so daytime skiing or paddle boarding are still great options or grab the family and hang out in the park or at the beach… or try one of our event suggestions below.

Canyon Lake

Little Shop of Horrors | 7:30 pm Saturday

Indian Beach comes alive with the Canyon Lake Community Theatre’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.  Enjoy a great night of entertainment under the stars this weekend or next.  Call 951-746-4619 for tickets.  Arrive early to catch the pre-show and get good seats.  General admission tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students, and children.

Oktoberfest Canyon LakeOktoberfest | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday

This annual Chamber of Commerce event is always fun with some great food, drinks, and entertainment and the ever popular American Bavarian Brass Band.  Bring your lederhosen; we’ll see you at the Towne Center.

Canyon Lake Farmer’s Market | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Sunday

Every Sunday in the back of the Towne Center, catch local artisans, vendors, and farmers with all kinds of good stuff. Check page A-14 of this week’s Friday Flyer for a coupon.  Come out and support local business.

Temecula

Missy ANderson MiramonteMissy Anderson at Miramonte Winery | Saturday 7:00 pm

The queen of all local soul, rhythm and blues never disappoints.  She’ll be groovin’ outdoors on the patio starting at 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.  Get the full scoop on Missy at her website.  Try some great Miramonte wines and if you’re hungry, order the Charcuterie Board – the pickled pepper and tapenade are delicious.

 

Lake Elsinore

Survivor Mud Run | Saturday 9:00 am

It’s not to late to sign up for this dirty event and if you’re not in great shape it’s ok because there is a short 5k course. Known for one of the longest slip n’ slides in North America that empty right into the lake, this mud run is always fun.  If getting dirty is not your thing, then just come down to storm stadium and cheer on the filthy people coming into the stadium… it’s cheap entertainment.

 

San Diego

Carlsbad Music Festival | Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Dubbed ” Adventurous Music by the Beach”, this eclectic musical event is sure to expand your harmonic horizons.  Most events take place at Magee Park.  It’s a pretty short walk to the beach, so if you don’t like what you hear, you can always stick your toes in the sand.

 

Pomona

LA County Fair | Until September 29th

If you missed the San Diego and OC Fairs this year, it’s okay because you still have the LA County Fair at the Pomona Fairplex until the end of the month.  Great onstage entertainment, delicious food and plenty of animal and people watching.

Little Shop of Horrors Opens at Indian Beach Thursday

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Canyon Lake Community Theatre Little Shop of Horrors It’s that time of the year again when the Canyon Lake Community Theatre and Performing Arts Association puts on it’s annual production in the park.  The stage at Indian Beach has already been transformed into a professional looking set for this year’s performance of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Community Theatre group has been performing at Indian Beach since 1992 and has put on some amazing productions over the years including The Wizard of Oz, Annie Jr., Nunsense, and many others.  Every year this group of local performers entertains residents with at least one grand production in the park and other smaller performances throughout the season.  This local group of performers and crew take their craft very seriously and never disappoint.

Canyon Lake Community TheatreThis year’s production runs starts Thursday night and runs the 19th – 21st and then again next week the 26th – 28th with shows starting at 7:30 nightly.  There is a special Benefactor Dinner and Show on Friday Sept 20th starting at 5:45.  Tickets for the benefactor event are $35.00 and include dinner.  All other shows are $15 for assigned seating and $12 for general open seating with discount tickets available for seniors, students, and children.  Thursday night each week is family night with tickets costing only $8 for general seating.  Contact the ticket hotline at 951-746-4619 to reserve tickets.

Here is a little more information about the Little Shop of Horrors directly from the Canyon Lake Community Theatre website:

A down and out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.  Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for
feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination!

Come out for a fun evening in the park and support our local artists.  We’ll see you out under the lights.

Summer is over in Canyon Lake, now what?

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Events

Well, maybe not officially over but Labor Day has passed so no more big summer holidays.  Taco Tuesday is finished for the year.  No more Friday night movies at Holiday Harbor.

But don’t let that stop you from having some fun in Canyon Lake because fall is a great time for events and really probably the best time for getting on the water.  Average daytime temperatures typically run in the 70’s and 80’s and the water temp is still close to 80 degrees.  Most of the summer crowd have put the boats away so there is much less traffic on the lake this time of year.  It’s really ideal if you want to get some wakeboarding or waterskiing in.

It’s also a great time to play golf or maybe learn the sport for the first time.  Cooler temps make the golf course much more enjoyable and if you want take lessons, the guys at the pro shop offer outstanding instruction at a reasonable price.  Just keep in mind that the golf course is closed for over seeding for 3 weeks in October so check with the pro shop to get the exact dates.

The fall season is also a great time for events in Canyon Lake with a full calendar of great things to do.  Here are a few of our favorite activities:

Sunday BrunchesThe Lighthouse is open every Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for brunch and there is no better time or place to relax and take in the beautiful fall days.

Miss Canyon Lake Pageant – Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s pageant and the crowning of Miss Canyon Lake.  You can purchase tickets at the event for $10 so come out and support all the ladies who have worked so hard to represent Canyon Lake.

Ski Tourney – The Canyon Lake Ski Club is running their fall tourney this weekend at the North Causeway.  If you want to see some impressive rooster tails, get out there Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 am and cheer on the skiers.  For big air, head to the Ski Jump Lagoon at noon Saturday.

Little Shop of Horrors / Canyon Lake Community Theatre – The biggest event of the year for the Community Theatre!  Come out to Indian Beach for an evening of entertainment under the stars while the Theatre rolls out Little Shop of Horrors.  It really is an impressive event for Canyon Lake with a professionally built stage and great talent from the community.  Shows run in the evenings for two weeks September 19th-21st and 26th-28th.  Shows start at 7:30.

Western BBQ – Come out for some great grub at Eastport Park October 5th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Canyon Lake Car ShowCar Show – The Canyon Lake Car Show will be at the lodge again this year on October 12th and you can expect to see some amazing hot rods and classic cars.  Lots of other fun events that day

Chili Cook-off – One of our favorite events  every year is the chili cook-off at Holiday Harbor.  Typically over 20 great cooks show up to vie for 1st place but your taste buds are the real winners.  Beer and wine are usually available and the cost is reasonable.  This year’s event is October 19th.

Oktoberfest – This rowdy and fun event will be held in the Towne Center this year on September 21st from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and will feature all the great food, drink, and fun that Oktoberfest is known for.

Art Walk – The Canyon Lake Art Association will be showcasing some great community artists on October 19th and 20th during the Open Studios Tour.  Pick up your map and get more details at the POA office starting October 16th.  You don’t really have to walk; we suggest the golf cart.  😉

We’ll see you out there!

 

Jersey Mike’s Sandwich Shop Opens Down the Road

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Restaurants

Jersey Mike's Sandwich Lake ElsinoreMy favorite food has always been sandwiches so I was pretty excited when Jersey Mike’s Subs opened last week on Railroad Canyon Road.  Jersey Mike’s is not new in Southern California but now all that sandwich deliciousness is just 5 minutes from Canyon Lake.

Jersey Mike’s is famous for their “Mike’s Way” subs that are made with super thinly sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, spices, and what they call “The Juice” which is a combination red wine vinegar and olive oil.  It’s a little different taste than you get from most sandwich shops around here.  If you’re a fan of Blimpie’s, it’s similar, but Jersey Mike’s in my opinion is a little tastier.

The menu is pretty simple with about 9 cold sandwiches featuring some great meats like prosciuttini, cappacuolo, pepperoni and others.   There are also 6 hot sandwiches including some great ones like cheesesteak, chicken parm, and pastrami reuben.  Want a wrap?  They have that too or you can turn your sub into a salad and eat it out of a bowl (without the bread I assume).

Now this is a pretty simple sub shop (the way it should be).  They only have one type of bread, but it’s delicious, and just a few types of cheeses.  Fixings are limited and no soups or anything like that on the menu, but trust us, it’s delicious and something unique for the area.

The first week they were open, Jersey Mike’s was busy, but the line moved fast and they have this sandwich making stuff down to a science.  If you are looking for something a little bit different for lunch or dinner, or maybe a take-out order for cruising the lake in your boat, give them a try.  They are open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm and you can order online at www.jerseymikes.com.

Jersey Mike's Opens in Lake Elsinore

 

What’s SUP Canyon Lake?

By Justin Bevins | Canyon Lake Recreation

Canyon Lake Paddle BoardingStand Up Paddle Boarding is what’s up!  If you’ve been out on the lake lately, you’ve probably noticed the many paddle boarders that are plying the waters of the East Bay and the edges of the Main Lake.  Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and in Canyon Lake it seems.  The sport has really taken off worldwide in the last 10 years with boards showing up along the rivers, lakes and coastlines.  Originally popular in Hawaii as paddle surfing, the large boards make it easy for beginners to learn the sport on a variety of water conditions.  Boards generally range from 9′ for recreational boards up to 14′ for racing and touring boards.  Paddle boarding provides a great core workout exercising the trunk muscles, chest, back, arms and legs.  Most beginners notice a real workout in their feet and lower legs as well since it takes balance and stability to stand continuously while paddling.  And it’s an outstanding social activity especially in Canyon Lake where you can cruise around at a leisurely pace taking in all the scenery or just hanging out in a quiet cove.

Canyon Lake Paddle BoardingPaddle boarding is easy to try with many places in Southern California where boards are available to rent and lessons are available for beginners.  If you would like to buy a board, prices generally start around $500 and up with some of the specialized racing boards costing well into the thousands.  Learning is pretty natural and it’s easy to start by just sitting or kneeling on the board and working your way up to standing.  Paddling is fairly easy to figure out, but there are some advanced techniques to get more out of each stroke.  Like most things these days, there are some great instructional videos on YouTube that can get you started and then it’s just a matter of practice.

In Canyon Lake, Stand Up Paddle Boards are allowed anywhere in the East Bay and in the 5 m.p.h. zones of the main lake around the edges and in the coves.  Boards are not allowed to cross the center of the main lake because of the faster boat traffic.  The Coast Guard treats Paddle Boards as vessels and as such requires personal flotation devices to be worn in many parts of the country.  The Canyon Lake Marine Patrol so far just requires that a life jacket for each rider be present on the board.  Boards out after dark, must have visible lights for safety.  Always check the POA website for the most up to date rules regarding operating a paddle board or any other vessel on Canyon Lake.

If you want to try stand up paddle boarding, the annual Pedal and Paddle Regatta sponsored by the Canyon Lake Triathlon club is a great opportunity.   There are always lots of experienced riders to give you tips and usually a few board companies with demonstration boards to try out.  It’s a fun event with food served afterwards.  this years event is Saturday August 17th at 10:00 am at Indian Beach.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Canyon Lake

 

*Some images courtesy of Creed SUP

1 2 3 4 5