Updates for the Fall
Boating reservations are now available for recreational
power and non-power boating activities. Boating
is permitted at Calero and Lexington (non-power boating only), Reservations are required on weekends and holidays only. Please visit www.gooutsideandplay.org to book
your boating reservation. To complete the waiver, view here.
Each vessel must pass a vessel inspection prior to launch, make sure
your vessel is cleaned, drained and dry. Lexington water level is low at this
time, hand launch is strictly enforced. No vehicles will be allowed to leave
the paved launch ramp, plan accordingly. Trailers are not permitted.
Please review and practice the
new safety protocols for recreational boating.
use is limited to a single operator or within members of your household.
inspection forms must be filled out and signed prior to inspection.
are required for power and non-power boats.
persons must maintain a minimum of 6ft. of physical distance from other
individual(s) at all times.
vehicles must be placed in PARK and please remain in your vehicle when
approached by a boat inspector or park staff.
coverings are required at all times, even while exercising outdoors if
unable to maintain 6 ft social distancing.
and gatherings are prohibited.
you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please stay at home or seek
medical attention from your health care provider.
addition to COVID-19 requirements, all other SCCP boating restrictions and
follow all guidelines & recommendations from the CDC, State and County
Public Health Departments.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE LAUNCHING ANY VESSEL/FLOAT ON A
SANTA CLARA COUNTY RESERVOIR:
A VESSEL INSPECTION IS REQUIRED:
All vessels and floats placed upon a Santa Clara County
Reservoir must pass a vessel inspection prior to launching. To pass inspection,
your vessel must be “clean and dry”. “Clean and dry” means that no dirt,
vegetation, or water can be found anywhere on the vessel. This
includes internal compartments of the vessel and the engine. When your outboard
is lowered, not a drop of water can flow out. If any water is observed
anywhere, however slight, your vessel will fail inspection!
For more information on our Vessel Inspection Program and vessel registrations, view here
Funded by California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways. Operated and maintained by Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.
All vessel owners must present current original registration issued by the DMV to park staff before proceeding to a mussel inspection station. (No photo copies or digital copies will be accepted) Registration must be:
- Registered in a permissible California county (North of the Tehachapi Mountain Range). Vessels with out-of-state registrations will not be allowed to launch. See map below for more information on restricted counties.
*A Mussel Fee Sticker is required for registered vessels from the CA DMV. View Here
for more information.
** For unregistered (non-CF) vessels, the registered county of the transporting vehicle will be used to determine eligibility. Vehicle registration paperwork will be required.
***Owners who have purchased a used vessel, or new
from out of state, are quarantined for 30 days from the date of registration and
must be registered in a permissible county. If the
owner does not have credible evidence that you have possessed your vessel for
30 days, you will not be permitted to launch.
RESERVOIR BOATING STATUS:
Calero and Lexington Reservoirs are open to boating. Reservations for all
open reservoirs can be made at www.gooutsideandplay.org. All
other reservoirs are closed.
To review boating criteria, please visit HERE
All other reservoirs and bodies of water in Santa Clara County are closed indefinitely to all vessels and floats - these include: Almaden, Chesbro, Sandy Wool, Cottonwood, Grant, Guadalupe, Uvas, and Vasona.
View the Park Closures Website HERE
or call (408) 355-2201
before you travel to make sure your reservoir of choice is open.
Boating is permitted on Santa Clara County Parks’ Reservoirs from 8am to ½ Hour before sunset.
All Vessels, Stand-up Paddle Boards, Float Tubes, and RC Boats are Subject to Use Fees Prior to Launch on Any Santa Clara County Reservoir. Annual passes can be purchased at the main Parks Administration Building, 298 Garden Hill Drive - Los Gatos, CA 95032, or at a staffed park’s entrance station kiosk.
Vehicle Entrance Fee: $6 per vehicle. Annual passes also available for $95 per vehicle.
Vessel Launch Fee:
One-time: $9 for registered vessels. $5 for non-CF vessels (Ex. Kayaks/Canoes). $3 for stand-up paddle boards (SUP) and float tubes.
Annual (Valid 12 months from date of purchase): $90 for one registered vessel. $50 for one non-CF vessel (Ex. kayaks/canoes). $30 for one stand-up paddle board (SUP) or float tube.
Vessel Inspection Fee (Non-Refundable):
One-time: $7 for registered vessels. $4 for non-CF vessels (Ex. kayaks/canoes). $2 for stand-up paddle boards (SUP), float tubes, and RC boats.
Annual (Valid 12 Months from Purchase): $70 for one registered vessel. $40 for one non-CF vessel (Ex. kayaks/canoes). $20 for one stand-up paddle board (SUP), float tube, or RC boat.
Vessel Launch Reservations Fee:
$8 per reservation. Vessel launch reservation fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Please view here
for more information on how to make a reservation.