Photo of Lake Nacimiento, San Luis Obispo County, CA

Lake Nacimiento Boating

Boaters have a great time on Lake Nacimiento's expanse of sparkling water. All kinds of boating is permitted, including personal watercraft, waterskiing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

Lake Nacimiento is operated by Monterey County Parks. Launch ramps are open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM in the summer. Zebra & Quagga Mussel Vessel Screening is required before launching.

Boats must also have an annual boat sticker ($100) or pay a daily $10 launch fee   ($3 for non-motorized boats). Boats may be left in the water overnight. Houseboats are not allowed on Lake Nacimiento.

Lake Nacimiento Marina

(800) 323-3839 or (805) 238-1056 or
(805) 238-0786
Website: Lake Nacimiento Resort


Rental Hours

Lake Nacimiento Marina
Boat Rentals
Boat Length Features Half Day Standard Day
Fuel Extra. Prices subject to change.
Also available for rent: inflatables, water skis, wakeboards, and kneeboards
Pontoon Boat 21' Seats 8 $275 $500
Pontoon Boat 24' Seats 12 $300 $525
Aluminum Fishing Boat 15' Seats 3 $75 $120
Ski Boat 18' Seats 4 $275 $425
Ski Boat 21' Seats 8 $350 $550
Stand-up Paddleboards $15 per hour $75
Kayaks $10- $15 per hour $$45- $50


Quagga Mussel Vessel Screening

Before any boat may be launched into Lake Nacimiento or Lake San Antonio, the vessel must have a current Vessel Screening Permit. The permit must be presented at the entrance gate.

Vessel Screening Information

Vessel Screening Permit


Thrills 'N' Spills JetSki Rentals

2340 Prospect Ave, Suite 107
Paso Robles, CA
(805) 238-9700

Yamaha VX110s, Seat 3
Seadoo GTI, Seats 2
Half Day $300
Full Day $400
Discounts for Multiple Days
Thrills 'N' Spills JetSki Rentals


Nacimiento Launch Ramps

Summer ramp hours are 6 AM to 9 PM. During the winter the ramp closes at 6:00 PM. It is always wise to check with the park to confirm hours. When ramps are closed, vessels will not be allowed to launch or be removed from the lake.

Far West Water Ski Club

The Far West Water Ski Club maintains a water skiing slalom course in Deep Creek Cove at Lake Nacimiento. The course is open to the public to use.

The club hosts water skiing tournaments every month from April through October. Anyone is welcome to join the competitions. weekend memberships to the club are available for tournament weekends. All ability levels are welcome.

Far West Water Ski Club


Marine Services

VS Marine Boating Center
3380 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA
(888) 842-1254

VS Marine Boating Center

Scott's Boat Repair
103B Nacimiento Lake Dr., Paso Robles, CA
(805) 239-2628

Salinas Valley Marine
3 Spring St., Salinas, CA
(831) 443-1616

Pacific Marine Boat Repair
331 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
(805) 544-4471

The Boat Doc
3850 Ramada Dr. #E1
Paso Robles, CA
(559) 271-1490


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