Nearly everything you can find to do at home is available here … golf, tennis, bicycling, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, and of course …
There are two country clubs on the north shore and two others in Guadalajara, offering golf and tennis facilities … there are numerous other tennis facilities … many people belong to groups who play on private courts at the homes of friends, and they’re always looking for new players–novice or advanced.
Chapala Country Club
Chapala Country Club (CCC) is a semi-private country club in Vista del Lago, offering a challenging golf course with beautiful surroundings. The golf course is built along the side of mountains. Therefore, many holes have varied elevation which provide almost every lie imaginable. In addition, the course challenges the golfer with blind shots, water shots, tree-lined fairways, and doglegs. And, they provide a full-scale practice range with pitching area, putting green, and sand trap practice area.
There are regular golfing group activities 6 days per week – more than one activity to choose from on at least 3 days per week. You can choose to participate in socially-oriented competitive golfing activities several times each week.
Chapala Country Club’s golf course is a 9-hole layout. However, the creative placement of the two sets of tee boxes gives players of any caliber the satisfaction of playing a full round of 18 different holes
Although Lake Chapala was suffering from low water levels and pollution some years ago, it had made a substantial recovery. Water levels were the highest they had been in three decades, and pollution levels are greatly improved.
Unfortunately, the 2011 and 2012 rainy seasons were lackluster, and problems with hoarding water up river from Lake Chapala has resulted in some of the lowest levels in several years. Having said that, the lake measures 55 miles from east to west, and 12 miles north to south, so there is still plenty of lake to enjoy.
In addition to hoping for a more abundant rainy season, efforts are being made to address the situation in the other areas.
There has been a concerted effort to improve not just the lake itself, but the shoreline, as well.
Wonderful new parks, beaches, walkways and picnic areas are springing up, and more are planned. Recent environmental tests show the lake safe for swimming and other aquatic activities.
In fact, Lake Chapala hosted the Water Skiing Event during the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara.
From the Chapala pier, a number of excursions are possible, from a one-hour ride along the lakeshore to extended lake and island tours.
It’s a two-hour visit to Scorpion Island (Isla Alacranes–named for its scorpion
shape), with its regional food restaurants and bird watching.
If you prefer a longer trip, head to Mezcala Island (Isla Presidio), a
national monument with the remains of a fort around which the historical Battle of Mezcala took place.