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CSUN Aquatic Center- Youth Programs and Summer Camps

Each year the CSUN Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake serves youth groups from all over Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and beyond to come paddle with us all year round. Our programs are supported by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, alongside the American Canoe Association. During our programs, everyone will learn how to be safe, in, around and near the water. Additionally, we teach how to be safe, and have fun on Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddle boards!

Generous scholarship funding is made available through the California Division of Boating and Waterways. Many LA City Recreation Centers, Schools, and Community Centers qualify for these FREE programs. Email us today to find out if your group qualifies for a FREE DAY AT THE LAKE- at AquaticCenter @

CSUN Aquatic Center Programming is available every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. *Swimming is only available Memorial Day-Labor Day! 
Programming with us includes; 
All parking and entrance fees waived
 A large picnic area with tables and optional bbq set up
Private paddling at one of our flat water, protected beaches
All necessary boating equipment- boats, paddles, life jackets
Safe, and fun Boating Instructors and Lifeguards

*The CSUN Aquatic Center reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or alter any programming dependent on weather and conditions

** Inclusive Programming- The CSUN Aquatic Center strives to make all its programming and activities open to everyone, regardless of physical limitations, developmental differences, or unique health issues. We need your help and communication to reach our goals of accommodating all boating experiences. Please let us know if any youth, students, staff or volunteers, might need additional resources to maximize their day on the water. Please share any; developmental delays or disabilities, learning disabilities, limited mobility, visual or audio impairment, etc.

Session Times

AM Paddling Session  (Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddle Boards)
9:00-12:00 or 10:00-1:00 
Available for Groups of approx. 30 or fewer

PM Paddling Session  (Canoes, Kayaks, and Stand Up Paddle Boards)
Available for Groups of approx. 30 or fewer

Full-Day Paddling Session (Canoes, Kayaks, and *Stand Up Paddle Boards) 
Available for groups of approx. 40 - 120

Fullest Day! Paddling Session
9:00- 3:00
Available for groups of approx. 60 - 120

SPLASH! In the Water (Free Youth Boating Days)

Splash-In-The-Water: Kids 7-14 are invited to come experience the fun and excitement of canoeing, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and water safety education. Remember to bring lots of water, sunblock, and any other water-related items you might need (pool toys not allowed). Kids will be supplied with life jackets. Parents must stay with their children. This is FREE and open only to children ages 7-14. Call the park office at 661-257-4050 for registration information.

Dates: June 12, 2019 - August 7, 2019

Location: Paradise Cove at Castaic Lake Recreation Area.

Times: There are two sessions every Friday starting at 10 am and 1 pm. 

Cost: Free

Register: By calling 661-257-4050

Note: While the event is free, Castaic Lake charges a vehicle entry fee of $11 daily. The fee is $5 for senior citizens and disabled, on weekdays only.

Castaic Lake "Paradise Cove" Lower Lagoon
32132 Castaic Lake Drive 
CA 91384