There is quite a bit of kayaking in and around Chapala and Ajijic. There is a kayaking club that meets at least once a week for kayaking and they do it together. They go to different places on the lake. Lake Chapala is a massive body of water so there are lots of places to go kayaking. They get together on the side, where they meet up on an ongoing basis. Then they decide on who is going to help carry the kayaks, who has a car and who doesn’t, what restaurant they are going to after they kayak so they could eat, etc. There is an active community that uses the water of Lake Chapala that way.
There are some people who go boating here but there’s not that many. For Mexicans, power boating is very expensive. It’s expensive to keep the boat, pay for the truck, gas, etc. When you bring your boat to Lake Chapala, you have to be very careful on the shore because of the shallowness of the water. In general, boating is not very popular but it is possible as there are places where you could store your boat and place where you could launch. There is deep enough water and it is a big lake with lots of places to go and things to see but there isn’t much infrastructure around, so for example, you can’t fuel your boat anywhere on the lake. You have to either take the fuel to the boats or trailer out to do the fueling on shore. There aren’t many docks to tie up on especially as the lake goes up and down through the seasons. There aren’t any lakeside attractions to boat to. For water recreation, it is amazing for people like me, from the Pacific Northwest, where we have a strong boating culture, to see how little recreational use there is on Lake Chapala.
I have friends who have boats who have them stored at restaurants on the shore that have a launch pad. If any of them wants to use it, the restaurant launches it for them, they take the boat out, have a nice afternoon, and come back in.