Information about Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Recreation Area offers hiking, picnicking, boating, and fishing. As a City of Santa Cruz drinking water reservoir, swimming and other body-contact water sports are not permitted. The California Department of Fish and Game stocks the reservoir with rainbow trout approximately every three weeks from March to July. Largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish also maintain populations in the reservoir. All California State Fish and Game regulations apply. Fishing is permitted only when the recreation area is open which is from March 1 to September 15.

The Ohlone Indians were the original inhabitants of the canyon that now holds Loch Lomond Reservoir. Of the Ohlone, the local group was referred to as the Zayante. They had enough acorns, fish and small game to live a peaceful, easy life. The Spanish and mission life brought an end to the Ohlones in the 1800s.

The land was then owned by a succession of wealthy families, among them was Addison Newell, the man after whom the creek feeding Loch Lomond was named. Like most of the San Lorenzo Valley, the land around Newell Creek was logged heavily in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The forest is in the process of re-establishing itself on the young, steep slopes of marine sedimentary rock common to the California coast. The city of Santa Cruz purchased the land and developed the reservoir in the late 1950s. The recreation Area opened in 1963

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Last updated December 14, 1997.
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