Before you get ready to board your new offshore fishing boat for a tuna trip or turn the ignition key on that new bass boat, make sure you have a valid CA boat license. Boating licenses and boat regulations help protect and sustain our state waterways. Find useful boating resources and educate yourself on California boating laws by visiting the links found in this section.

For specifics, visit the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways website as they manage boating in California.


  • Due to drought conditions, Diamond Valley Lake will lose the ability for public boat launching after April 15, 2015. This lake will still have its rental boats available, and the areas to shoreline fishing open.
  • An emergency regulation has been issued for the Upper Sacramento River that will go into effect on or about April 27, 2015. The emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam.
  • Effective July 1, 2015, Lake San Antonio will be closed to the public until further notice. For more information please visit Monterey County Parks.
  • Effective September 12, 2015, Mountain Meadows reservoir also known as Walker Lake is closed to the public due to a serious drought.