CASTAIC TO LAUNCH NO-CHARGE CRUISES.
It's not the Caribbean, but then again it's free.
Cruises on Castaic Lake will be offered monthly starting Saturday. Volunteers and lifeguards will take about a dozen people aboard a pontoon boat for free two-hour educational cruises around the upper lake to view the plant life and animals and to learn about the fish that thrive in Castaic's waters.
``I'll take them to the coves to see what the lake is really like,'' said tour leader Jason Partee. ``We'll visit some birds' nests - there's a hawk's nest - and we'll talk a little about the ecology, the lake history. I'll them about the water system.''
Partee suggests bringing binoculars and a snack - or even lunch - for when the boat anchors for a break.
Lake officials advise calling the recreation area at 257-4050 for reservations, then showing up at the upper-lake dock just before 10 a.m. The boat holds about a dozen people.
Frank Gonzalez, lake superintendent, said tour groups will see the wildlife that has moved in to the man-made lake habitat. Castaic is part of the State Water Project and supplies drinking water as well as hydroelectric power.
Cruises will be offered the second Saturday of the month through Sept. 13 on a pilot-program basis. If successful, the program will be considered for continuation through the winter when the lake draws Canada geese and other migratory birds.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Jun 10, 1997|
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