Boating in East Bay

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Berkeley Aquatic Park (Berkeley)

The park has 33 land acres and 68 water acres (one mile long Aquatic Park Lake) which is home to the Berkeley Paddling and Rowing Club. It is a location for model boat racing, picnicking, bird watching (no fishing), rowing, motor boating, water skiing, with hiking and biking along the trails around the lake. Limited parking is available on the east side of the park. Restrooms are available.

Berkeley Marina (Berkeley)

The boat launching ramp is located on the north shore and has an area for car and boat trailer storage, and a marine fueling facility. On the south side is a free 3000 foot public fishing pier (no fishing license is required) and there are charter boats for fishing.

Contra Loma Regional Park (Antioch)

Contra Loma Regional Park has 780 acres that includes an 80 acre reservoir where visitors may launch only electric motor boats of up to 17 feet.

Crown Memorial State Beach (Alameda)

This is a 2.5 mile beach with sand dunes. The beach hosts Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at the east end of the park which harbors aquatic birds and other salt marsh creatures. Crab Cove at the north end of the park is a marine reserve where all plant and animal life is protected. No dogs allowed on beach. There is no boat launch facility. Kayaks, sailboards and windsurfers are available for rent and there are kiteboarding and windsurf lessons offered by the Boardsports School.

Del Valle Regional Park (Livermore)

The park is 5,000 acres where visitors can explore miles of hiking in a valley surrounded by oak trees and hosting a lake five miles long. The public may rent motorboats, patio boats, peddle boats, canoes, and kayaks at the marina area. Any size boat may be launched at the public boat ramp.

Encinal Boat Ramp Park (Alameda)

This park is relatively undeveloped but appealing because it offers access to a newly opened Bay Trail segment with stunning views of Alameda and San Francisco. This is one of two areas with boat ramps for launching your own boat into the San Francisco Bay. It is located off Central Avenue behind Encinal High School, includes a launching ramp, restrooms, and automobile and trailer parking.

Grand Street Ramp (Alameda)

The boat ramp is located at the north end of Grand Street, includes a launching ramp, restrooms, fishing pier, fish cleaning facilities, and automobile and trailer parking.

Lake Chabot Marina Park (Castro Valley)

Lake Chabot Reservoir is a 315 acre lake that was built in 1874 as a primary source of water for the East Bay. Rental boats (row boats, canoes, pedal boats, kayaks, Duffy boats, and boats with electric trolling motors), and tour boat rides are available at the marina. Canoes, kayaks and scull craft 20 feet and under can be carried in and launched for a fee.

Lake Elizabeth (Fremont)

The Park is set on 450 acres with an 83 acre lake. Amenities include boat rentals, picnic areas, walking paths, tennis courts, fishing, snackbars and a golf driving range.

Lake Merritt (Oakland)

Rent a pedalboat, canoe, kayak, sailboat or rowboat. They also provide boating classes. Sailing on the lake requires sailing certification, passing a sailing test, or taking one of their classes.  There are restrooms located behind the rental area.

Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline (Oakland)

This is 741 acre park with 50 acre Arrowhead Marsh that is part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. A two lane boat launch is located at the south parking lot along Doolittle Drive. Motorized boats and hovercraft are not allowed in marshland areas. Motorized vessels are restricted during certain times of the year due to bird migration and nesting in the marshes. There are picnic areas, restrooms and drinking fountains.

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area (Fremont)

This park contains four bodies of water: Horseshoe Lake, Rainbow Lake, Willow Slough and Lago Los Osos. Park visitors may only launch electric or non motorized boats.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area (Pleasanton)

This 266 acre park hosts an 80 acre lake and an arroyo with a chain of smaller lakes and ponds. Numerous waterbirds may be sighted throughout the year in the smaller lakes and ponds. Boating is only allowed in Shadow Cliffs Lake. Visitors may launch their own boats with a size limit is 17 feet and only electric motors are allowed. Kayak, paddle boat, row boat, electric and duffy boats can be rented with a valid driver license.