Good Hooky: SUP at Vasona


SUP rental at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos is cheap, hassle-free and totally refreshing. Your South Bay midweek getaway is calling!

by Traci Hukill

July 12, 2017—We all know work is overrated. Related item: Los Gatos–Saratoga Recreation rents SUPs, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes at Vasona from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday for $15 an hour. No one seems to know this. The 57-acre lake (a reservoir, actually, fed by Los Gatos Creek) was practically deserted on a recent Tuesday afternoon save a smattering of brightly colored paddleboats plying the edges of the lake—even though those prices are about half the going rate elsewhere in the Bay Area. My friend and I glided past flotillas of geese and bobbing coots (the little white-beaked black birds), a breeze ruffling our hair, and felt pretty sure we'd put one over on The Man.

Vasona is serene, picturesque, and conveniently located near the snow cones and ice cream sandwiches of the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad Snack Shack (11am-4pm) at neighboring Oak Meadow Park. Just saying. Or you can admit the truth and head straight for Icing on The Cake in downtown Los Gatos.

Sailboat rentals are also available at Vasona ($30/hour, requires proof of certification). Lifejackets are optional for adults. Ingress/egress to the park is easy from the Blossom Hill entrance. Parking costs $6.

Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, last rental at 4pm (through Aug. 25); Sat-Sun 11am-6pm through Oct. 8
No reservations
333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos. 408.399.5260
More info at the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation boating rentals page