WEAVING NATURE INTO THE EVERYDAY
A keystone of SAMLARC’s community design, the Lago Santa Margarita is a breathtaking reflection of the elements. The Lake was intentionally built to strengthen neighborly relationships while preserving the intimacy of a nature walk. The winding curves of the Lakeshore enhance the visual expanse of the water, but the short distance across the main body of the Lake welcomes visitors to wave to friends on the other shore. The walking path around the Lake spans an easy 1.1 miles, touching the steps of the Mercado Del Lago shopping center along the way. As seasons change, so do the colors framing the Lake: a variety of trees, shrubs, and ground cover have been curated to bloom in each season. The butterfly garden, pine grove, amphitheater, and meditation point are peaceful places to pause and watch nature at work.
Holding 31 million gallons across 11.5 surface acres, managing the Lake is a time-intensive process. SAMLARC’s active lake management plan includes regular water testing, botanical islands that mitigate nutrient build-up, daily skimming, an aeration system, and partnerships with professional service providers. A healthy ecosystem invites wildlife of all kinds to engage with each other. Preserving the balance of this ecosystem is imperative, not only for the functionality of the Lake, but for the health of its wildlife. Your partnership is important in protecting the wildlife; though it may be tempting to feed the birds, fish, and squirrels, keeping a distance is important for their wellbeing.
There are many activities to enjoy at the Lago Santa Margarita! The region’s temperate weather makes daily strolls worthwhile, and the paths lend themselves well to non-motorized vehicles and dog walking. Recreational, catch-and-release fishing is welcome—the Lake is stocked twice per year when water quality allows. While swimming is not permitted, Members enjoy renting pedal boats and kayaks for a short excursion on the water during the summer season. The Lake is the stage for the July 4th Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks show, and during the holidays, SAMLARC’s Christmas Tree stands proudly at the southern end. The Lake embodies SAMLARC’s vision for common spaces that bring friends and neighbors together!