Summer Staycation Guide

Tip #1: The Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Kayaking is just one of the many water-based activiities at the Sac State Aquatic Center.

Buckle your life jacket, spray on some sunscreen and get ready to hit the water. The Sacramento State Aquatic Center, located at Lake Natoma near Folsom, is the place to explore water-related activities for the whole family. 

Though the center is open year-round, summer offers expanded opportunities for rowing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and many other water sports.

“The Aquatic Center is a great destination to bring your family and try something new. Our number one priority is learning about water safety and making sure families and their kids have the best experience possible,” says Cindi Dulgar ’88, MS ’05 (Recreation Administration) and the center’s youth programs director and operations manager.

The center also offers events such as Thursday Night Camp Outs, which feature food and family fun.

“This is my first year I enrolled my children, and I couldn’t be happier with the activities and environment that the Aquatic Center had to offer,” says Sac State alumna Ana Perez ’13 (Communication Studies). “My son and I tried canoeing for the first time, and it was an experience that gave us the chance to bond in a whole new way.”

This summer’s youth camps will serve more than 3,500 children and teens. The staff is able to adapt the activities to any camper’s skill level.

“With most instructors being current and former Sac State students, they are eager to get you started,” says Dulgar. “Our staff does a great job teaching and preparing our guests.”

The Center also offers discount rates for alumni and student. More information on the camps and other programs are available at

Submitted by new alumnus Luis Kischmischian ’14 (Communication Studies)

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