Kern County, Central California

Lake Isabella Boating


Boating on Lake Isabella: Launch Ramps, Docks, Boat Rentals


Lake Isabella
Launch Ramps


  • Tillie Creek Launch Ramp
  • South Fork Recreation Area Launch Ramp
  • Paradise Cove Launch Ramp
  • Main Dam Launch Ramp
  • Camp 9 Launch Ramp


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Windsurfing


Lake Isabella is a popular destination for windsurfers because of the lack of crowds and the strong winds. There are places around the lake such as the Stine Cove Recreation Area where you can camp with your equipment right next to you on the shore.


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Lake Isabella Boating in a Nutshell


  • Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing
  • Personal Watercraft Patio Boats, Fishing Boats, Pleasure Cruisers
  • Kayaking, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Rafts

Lake Isabella Boating


All boats must display a valid Lake Isabella boat permit, available at marinas and convenience stores in the area. An annual boat permit costs $45 (sailboats and other non-motorized boats $30). A 3-Day permit may be purchased for $15. Lake Isabella is patrolled by the Kern County Department of Parks & Recreation. Boating is only permitted one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. There is no nighttime boating.

Lake Isabella Marinas

Photo of French Gulch Marina at Lake Isabella

French Gulch Marina


On the west shore, just above the Main Dam, next to Pioneer Point Campground
(760) 379-8774     Website: French Gulch Marina

Marina:

  • Facilities:   Store, Fuel, Minor Boat Repairs, Boat Rentals
  • Dry Storage
  • Slips:   100 Slips with lights, electrical outlets, and security gates

French Gulch Marina Boat Rentals
Boat Seats Features Hour Half Day Full Day
$200 cash deposit required for each rental. Prices subject to change. Fuel not included.
Deluxe Fishing Boat 5 Canopy $45 $125 $175
Pontoon Boat 8 $60 $170 $260
Pontoon Boat 10 $70 $200 $280
Pontoon Boat 12 $80 $230 $300
Wave Runner 3 $80 $250
Kayak 1 $20 $55
Kayak 2 $30 $65
Pedal Boat 3 $30 $65

North Fork Marina


On the west shore at Juniper Point in Wofford Heights, next to Tillie Creek Campground.
(760) 376-1812     Website: North Fork Marina

Marina:

  • Facilities:   Store, Fuel, Minor Boat Repairs, Boat Rentals
  • Dry Storage
  • Slips:   30 Slips with lights and security gates

North Fork Marina Boat Rentals
Boat Seats Features Hour Half Day Full Day
$200 cash deposit required for each rental. Prices subject to change. Fuel not included.
Pontoon Boat 10 $70 $200 $280
Pontoon Boat 12 $80 $230 $300
Wave Runner 3 $80 $250




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Marine Services


Jerry's Boat Center
6350 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Lake Isabella, CA
(760) 379-2839
  Ultimate Marine Service

Spillers Performance & Marine
6732 Charity Ave.
Bakersfield, CA
(661) 395-1515


Galey's Marine
2720 Automall Dr.
Bakersfield, CA
(881) 327-5711
  Galey's Marine

ETCO Marine
15366 E. Mineral King Ave.
Visalia, CA
559) 734-7471
  ETCO Marine

West Marine
3324 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA
(559) 271-1490



Marine Service Center
207 E. Sierra Ave,
Fresno, CA
(559) 438-6560


Clovis Marine
2475 N. Fordham Ave.
Fresno, CA

Clovis Marine


Lake Isabella
Boating Information


  • Minimum boat length is 11 feet.
  • Use caution in congested areas such as around the Auxiliary Dam.
  • Swimming is not allowed beyond 300 feet from shore. This includes use of swimming aids such as tubes and small rafts.
  • Winds can reach 50 - 60 MPH on the lake.
  • Changing water levels create unseen hazards below the surface such as fences, rocks, and snags. Use extra caution along shorelines and in the South Fork area.
  • At times of low water watch out for the Borel Canal, a concrete-lined channel beneath the surface that runs across the western waters of Lake Isabella.
  • Personal Watercraft should not travel up the Kern River Channel.
  • Observe the 5 MPH speed limit in the South Fork Wildlife Area.