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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:00 pm

Looking for some outdoor fun during these wonderful summer days? Make trip to these terrific spots, all either around Lodi or a short drive away. From water sports and boating, to fishing and hiking, there will never be a dry day.

Lodi Lake: Swimming, hiking, boating, river tours

Located on 1101 W. Turner Road, Lodi Lake features a park and nature trails fit for hiking and running. The lake’s public beach is open for swimming and fun in the sun, Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.

Paddle boats and kayaks are available to rent from the Lodi Lake boathouse on weekends from April through October, and Wednesdays through Sundays between June and August.

The Lodi Lake also boathouse offers 90-minute charter boat tours along the Mokelumne River, from May to September.

For park information, call 209-333-6742. The boathouse can be reached at 209-333-6890.

Cosumnes River Preserve: Boating, hiking

Just a short trip north of Lodi, the Cosumnes River Preserve is a great place to paddle and take in the Central Valley’s wide variety of plant, bird and fish species. Only non-gas-powered boats can use the docks in the preserve area, making for miles of flat-water boating.

The area also features numerous scenic hiking trails.

Located on 13501 Franklin Blvd., Galt. For more information, call 916-684-2816 or visit the website.

Headwaters Kayak Shop: Boating, water sports

Located just off Turner Road east of Highway 99 at 847 N. Cluff Ave., Suite A-6, this is a great place to rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Special group rates are available as well as guided half- and full-day trips at some of the best water spots in and around Lodi.

For more information, call 209-224-8367 or visit the website.

Tower Park Marina: Boating, camping

The premier Marina on the Delta, Tower Park features RV and tent camping, cabins and lodges, and boating.

Located on 14900 W. Highway 12, Lodi. For more informatoin, call 1-800-77-TOWER. For reservations, 209-369-1041 ext. 1.

Brannan Island State Recreation Area: Boating, fishing, camping

Just a few miles south of Rio Vista, the park is bordered by the Sacramento River, Three Mile Slough and Seven Mile Slough. It features over 140 campsites and swimming and picnic areas, as well as a number of wildlife habitats and spots for fishing, boating and water sports.

Open seven days per week for camping and day use.

Located at 17645 Highway160, Rio Vista. For more information, call the park office at 916-777-6671.

Lake Camanche Recreation: Boating, water sports, camping, hiking, fishing

A half-hour drive east of Lodi, this destination features water sports, including wakeboarding and water skiing, and has marinas on the north and south shores for boating. The marina features eight-inch launch ramps, boat storage and rentals. Tent and RV sites are available year-round for camping, as are scenic hiking and equestrian trails.

Located at 2000 Camanche Road, Ione.

For more information, including boat rental and marina storage fees and maps of recreation areas, visit the website or call 866-763-5121.

Pardee Lake Recreation: Fishing, swimming, boating, camping, hiking

Located at 4900 Stony Creek Road in Ione, the center is perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking. Pardee’s facility has a 10-lane boat launch for easy launching and exiting. The recreation center features two pools, which are open from 9 a.m. until dusk, seven days per week from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.

For more information, including fees and reservations, visit the website or call 209-772-1472.

New Melones Lake: Boating, fishing, camping

Nestled in the scenic foothills, his recreation getaway is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Lodi, near the Gold Rush mining towns of Angels Camp and Sonora. It features two main camp grounds with over 300 camp sites, as well as nature trails for hiking and mountain biking.

New Melones Lake is also perfect for year-round fishing, as well as boating, houseboating and water sports. A full service marina, which provides fuel and rentals, is available.

For more information, call 209-536-9094 or visit the website.

The New Melones Recreation Office is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Rd., Sonora.

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