Boating in Canyon Lake is one of the more popular activities. With a 500 acre lake, boaters can enjoy the thrill of open water or relax in a private cove. But boating also has its rules and general etiquette that should be followed to ensure everyone has a fun and safe time while boating on the lake.

Getting Underway

Before putting your boat in the water, make sure it is registered with the Canyon Lake POA and read these tips:

  • Register Your Boat
    If you are new to Canyon Lake or just purchased a boat visit our Boat Registration page.
  • Keep Canyon Lake Quagga Free
    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 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.
  • Know The Rules
    Familiarize yourself and any others that will be using your boat with the Canyon Lake POA's Rules & Regulations, specifically the Lake & Marina section. Additionally, be aware of common safety procedures and basic rules of etiquette while using the lake by reading the Lake Speed Limits section on this page. 
  • Filling Up
    To make fueling boats more convenient for members, the Canyon Lake POA operates a boat fuel dock located at Happy Camp, visit the Gas Dock page for more details. 

Speed & "No Wake Area"

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 m.p.h. 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 flagpole, and at the Eastport launch ramp.

Inland Rules of the Road

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. These rules include:

  • 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 Canyon Lake POA does outline noise level limits on the Lake in the Rules & Regulations, Lake & Marina Section 6.11.

Anchoring & 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.

Dock Rentals

The Canyon Lake POA offers boat rental docks at the Lodge for boat owners who don't have their own personal dock a home for their vessel. There are 125 total slips available, 26 electric (electric slips have one single outlet) and 99 non-electric. The contract will run annually from May 1 - April 30. Prorated rental fees begin in June.

Sign-Up on the Waitlist

We have limited slips that become available and encourage Members to sign-up on the waiting list. To be added, please email Member Services Manager, Amanda Moore, the following:

  • Name
  • Tract-Lot or Property Address
  • Contact Information
  • Slip Preference