LODI — Lodi Lake recently received high marks from the Sunset Magazine website.
“You’ll find clean water and a well-run public beach at this manmade lake fed by the Mokelumne River,” said www.sunset.com on a review of inland beaches in Northern California.
From lifeguards on duty to the wading pool for the little kids, Lodi Lake also earned high praises for its setting made up of the surrounding oak trees.
No alcohol or glass containers are allowed on this large sandy beach area that officially opens on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day. No floatation devices are allowed nor children in diapers. Instead, these little swimmers are required to wear disposable swim pants available for purchase.
Besides swimming – there’s also a tiny tot water feature and spray pool – Lodi Lake is a place for paddle boats and kayaks.
Rentals include single-person kayak ($4 per half hour), tandem kayak ($5 per half hour, two people), and paddle boats ($5 per half hour). Lessons are also available.
Lodi Lake offers 90-minute boat tours for up to 10 people covering five miles along scenic parts of the Mokelumne River from May through September (call 209-333-6890 for more information or to make a reservation).
For those with gas-powered watercrafts, Lodi Lake’s launch is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per craft, trailered or not, coupled with the vehicle entrance fee.
Lodi Lake, in addition, has nature area, with programs offered to help provide ongoing education to people on this area and along the Mokelumne.
With its picnic areas and playground, Lodi Lake is a place for families to relax and enjoy the day.
By VINCE REMBULAT
209 staff reporter