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Boating on Canyon Lake is one of the more popular activities. With more than 380 miles of waterway to navigate, boaters can enjoy the thrill of open water or relax in a private cove. But boating also has its rules and regulations, below are some of the most important things you need to know to have a fun and safe time boating on the Lake.


Getting Underway
Before putting your boat in the water, make sure it is registered with the Association (click here to read more about registering a boat) and read these tips: 

  • If you have used the boat in another body of water, help keep Canyon Lake clean and quagga free by having your boat inspected upon returning to the community.
  • Get your boat safety inspection. The Marine Patrol conducts biannual safety inspections as well as inspections on all new boats where they confirm that the boat has all necessary items on board and safety equipment is in working order.
  • Familiarize yourself and any others that will be using your boat with the Association's Rules & Regulations, Lake & Marina Section. Additionally, be aware of common safety procedures and basic rules of etiquette while using the Lake.
  • If you are new to Canyon Lake or just purchased a boat please click here to read more about boat registration. 

Boating On The Lake
While on the water, it's basic etiquette to follow the Inland Rules of the Road which typically applies to all boats upon the inland waters of the United States.

  • If another boat is approaching, bear right just as you would on the street.
  • If you are coming up on a slower boat in open water, give them plenty of room and slow down. Avoid rocking the other boat and if you are passing a sailboat, avoid blocking their wind.
  • Passing slower or idle boats is a part of every boater’s daily ride. Be sure to pass these boaters slowly and to watch your wake.
  • Because sound travels easily over water, loud music, loud engines, and yelling are things to be conscious of on the Lake. The Association does outline noise level limits on the Lake in the Rules & Regulations, Lake & Marina Section 6.11

Follow Speed Limits, Flags and Buoys
There are two speed limits posted on the Lake. The Main Lake Ski Area buoys are posted as 35 mph. The rest of the Lake, however, is posted as "No Wake" which means boats may travel up to 5 mph as long as it is not creating a wake. The boat is required to maintain no wake even if this means they must travel at a lower speed. In the Main Lake this includes the entire perimeter along with all coves. The entire East Bay is also a "No Wake" area.

Boaters are also asked to be aware of the flags used on the Lake. There are three flags used; red flags, mean the Main Lake is closed to boat traffic, yellow flags mean the Main Lake is restricted to 5 mph and green flags mean there are no Lake restrictions. These flags are posted at Holiday Harbor to the sides of the flag pole, and at the East Port launch ramp.


Anchoring and Mooring
Many boaters enjoy anchoring and floating together in the coves and in the East Bay. It's important to remember to enter areas where other boats are anchored at a slow speed. Also, as mentioned above sound travels quickly across the water so it’s important to be conscious of the noise you are making and be courteous to the neighboring homes.  

Contact Marine Patrol 

  • Marine Patrol Office Location
    Happy Camp Campground
    30550 Longhorn Drive
    Canyon Lake, CA 92587

  • Marine Patrol Phone
    951.244.6841 x415

  • Lake Updates
    Lake Hotline: 951.244.6841 x700


  • Marine Patrol Hours
    Summer (May - October)
    Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Winter (November - April)
    Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Marine Patrol Contacts
    Cory Gorham 
    Sr. Member Services Manager
    951.244.6841 x312
    Email Cory Gorham


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