Private Boats and Watercraft
- There are no size restrictions on private boats. Boats must be BIA rated and in the judgment of City reservoir staff be seaworthy.
- All applicable safety equipment must accompany the vessel (flotation devices (life jackets), fire extinguishers, etc.)
- Per state regulation, all recreational vessels less than 16 feet in length, including canoes and kayaks, must carry a Type I, II, III or V wearable personal flotation device for each person on board. Requirements for vessels 16 feet or longer are a life jacket for each person on board, plus one throwable flotation device (a Type IV cushion or ring buoy).
- Anyone under 12 years of age must wear a life jacket at all times while underway.
- All boats with motors must have a current CF vessel registration number.
- Boats shall not exceed the posted speed limits.
- Dogs are NOT permitted on boats.
- Maximum number of people allowed per boat depends on the size of the boat and shall not exceed the manufacturer's rating.
- All private boats (including canoes and kayaks) must purchase a private boat use permit for each day.
- No private boats are permitted on Barrett or Upper Otay reservoirs.
All vessels are required to have proper muffling that meets State noise standards. Jet boats shall not be louder than 82 decibels.
Personal Watercraft (Jetskis, Waverunners, etc.)
Catamarans are permitted during the general recreation season at City reservoirs under the same conditions applicable to all other accepted craft.
Sailboats of all classes shall be permitted during normal operating hours except those vessels considered unstable or easily capsized.
Stand Up Paddleboards
Stand Up Paddleboards are currently not permitted on any reservoir.
Canoes and Kayaks
Canoes and kayaks are permitted on days the reserviors are open for fishing.
Inflatable boats with the following characteristics are permitted during the general recreation season at City reservoirs under the same conditions applicable to all other accepted craft:
- Discernible bow and stern (as opposed to life rafts)
- Rigid floor/floorboards
- Multiple air chambers (at least three)
- Heavy duty material/construction
- U.S. Coast Guard approval/rating