Ventura County, Southern California

Lake Casitas Boating

Lake Casitas Boating: Marina, Boat Inspections, Ramps, Docks, Rentals

Nearby Boat Storage Facilities

Lake Casitas Boating in a Nutshell

  • Pleasure Cruising, Patio Boats, Fishing Boats
  • Kayaking, Canoeing

Because Lake Casitas is a drinking water supply and allows no body to water contact, boating is limited. There is no water skiing or jet skiing. Furthermore, Lake Casitas has one of the strictest Quagga and Zebra Mussels inspection systems in the state. Beginning in January 2014 boat quarantine periods have been extended to 35 days. See Lake Casitas Quagga and Zebra Mussels Boat Inspections below.

Hours of the park vary by season, so it is best to call ahead to be sure of opening and closing times - (805) 649-2233.. The maximum speed on the lake is 40 MPH. Dogs are allowed on boats. Boats must be at least 11 feet long and not over 35 feet with one foot of freeboard.

  • Regular Daily Vehicle Entrance: $11, RVs $14
  • Annual Vehicle Entrance:   $140
  • Daily Motorized Boat Entrance:   $13 (plus vehicle fee)
  • Daily Non-Motorized Boat Entrance:   $7 (plus vehicle fee)
  • Annual Boat Entrance:   $135, non-motorized $105
  • Pets Entrance:   $2

Lake Casitas Marina Bait & Tackle Shop

(805) 649-2043
Located at the main Santa Ana Ramp, a half mile inside the park.
Casitas Boat Rentals & Marina Cafe


  • Launch Ramps 5 concrete lanes
  • Facilities and Services:   Fishing Tackle and Bait Shop, Boat Rentals, Marine Repairs, Slip Rentals, Fuel, Marina Cafe
  • Boat Storage: $15 per night for slips, trailer storage available for $70 to $85 per month.
  • Boat Rentals: Fishing boats

Lake Casitas Boat Rentals - 2018
Boat Features Seats 1 Hr. 2-5 Hrs. Hours Day
Fishing Boat 8 HP, no shade 4 $50 $75 $85
Fishing Boat 8 HP, no shade 6 $60 $85 $95
Patio Deck Boat 25 HP, no shade 7 $90 $150 $190
Patio Deck Boat 25 HP, shade 10 $105 $175 $220
Patio Deck Boat 25 HP, shade 12 $110 $190 $240
Single Kayak 1 $15 $25 (2 hrs.) $40 (5 hrs.)
Double Kayak, Canoe 2 $20 $35 (2 hrs.) $50 (5 hrs.)

Lake Casitas Quagga and Zebra Mussels
Boat Inspections

Fiberglass Restoration

Under a resolution passed in 2008 by the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD), outside boats, including canoes, kayaks and float tubes were restricted from entering the Lake Casitas Recreation Area. Those vessels stored or moored at the recreation area were exempted.

These severe restrictions were modified shortly afterward, allowing local boaters admission after a 20 step Quagga and Zebra Mussels inspection that included a 10-day quarantine. In 2014 the boat quarantine period was extended to 35 days. Inspections are by appointment only: (805) 649-2233 EX 103.

Boats that pass inspection can be fitted with a tamper-proof tag and lock that prevent the boat from being launched into any other water between visits to Lake Casitas. There will be a one-time $50 charge to cover the cost of the lock and tag.

Boats will be locked to a trailer, which can then be stored at a boater’s home or at Lake Casitas. Boaters will be able to use the lake as often as they like after their boat goes through the initial clean and dry inspection and a 10-day quarantine period. Once a boater decides to use another lake they will need to start the process all over again. For more information call (805) 649-2233, ext. 103 or see Lake Casitas Boat Inspections.


Lake Casitas Rowing Association

A number of groups use Lake Casitas for rowing, including high school, middle school, and adult rowers. Private lessons are available.
Lake Casitas Rowing Association

Lake Casitas Speed Limits

The speed limit in the main body of the lake is 40 MPH. In a number of the coves the speed limit is restricted as posted. These include Indian Mesa, Grindstone Canyon, Deadhorse Canyon, Chismahook Creek, Willow Creek, Station Canyon, and Wadleigh Arm. Speed limits near launch ramps and marinas are 3 MPH.

Marine Services

Pacific Marine Repair
2807 Palma Dr., Ventura, CA
(805) 658-1709

Pacific Marine Repair

Tilly's Marine
935 E. Front St., Ventura, CA
(805) 648-3812

Tilly's Marine

Ermonds Boats
11470 Vanowen St.,
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 982-2220

Ermonds Boats

Marine Service Center
270 Easy St. #4,
Simi Valley, CA
(805) 581-5777

Marine Service Center

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