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Shasta Lake Boating:  There are eight marinas spread around Shasta Lake.  Most of them offer boat slips for rent.  Please contact them directly for details and reservations.  Below is a map with all the marinas.

Shasta Lake Boating Map
Shasta Lake is Full


Sugarloaf Marina, a seasonal marina, right next a number of the Retreats in the Sugarloaf area.  They have a limited number of boat slips behind a locked gate for May through September each year.  The fee will be $55 is as it was in 2023. According to Lisa, they plan to rent out slips from May 1 to September 30 for 2024 but many are already booked full.
Off Season (Oct-March):
Reservations Supervisor, 530-275-7950
If during the season (April to Sept):
Contact Lisa at the Sugarloaf Marina at 530-238-8200 for the latest information.  Many times it will go to voicemail but if you leave your number she will return your call.  We have been told they only have lake side slips available for daily rent.
In 2023 and 2024, we saw several boats damaged due to a combination of large rollers making it to the marina, especially on the lake side of the dock combined with some boat owners not securing their boats.  With this marina, we recommend strong marine rope and secured in a way that the bow can not hit the dock.  We have in place a redundant system of ropes and lots of buoys for our own boat.  Use at your own risk.
Note that this marina is in view of Retreat 1-5, 9 and 10 and is a short walk or you can drive.  Retreat 6, 7, 12 & 14 are also close but a sightly longer walk or drive.

Shasta Lake Boating Slips
Shasta Lake is Full


(OPEN) Antlers is a larger marina with more slips and rental boats and is closer to Retreats 8, 11 and 16 and about 3 miles from the Sugarloaf homes.  It is located up the arm of the lake located at the Antler’s camp ground when the lake is high which it is in 2024.   PLEASE CALL Them.   In 2022 they charged $30 per night.  Call or email them to confirm.  Their slips are better single slips and more protected from wakes.

Please understand we are just passing the information as we are not associated in anyway with Sugarloaf or Antlers.  We encourage you to call them for the latest information.  Your ability to get a boat slip or rental boat or the state of their operations in not a valid cancelation request.

NOTE:  Please see the “Lake Level” section of web site for the latest information.  There is a button below.

Jones Valley Marina

(OPEN) If you are staying at Retreat 17, you should plan to use the marina at Jones Valley as it is only a 10 minute drive from the home.  Please call them at (530) 275-7950



Some of our guests from R1-R5, R9, R10, & R11 like to anchor their boats below our homes along the shore especially when the lake is high like 2024.  We have a decent but rocky trail down (although not good for the disabled or elderly) to the water level for R1-R4, R10.  The shore close to the water might be rocky (when higher like 2024) or muddy (when lower).  Bring good shoes.  Parking your boat offshore of our homes is legal and there is no charge.  It is especially good for Jet Ski’s and Waverunners as you can just swim out and take off.   If you have a regular boat you might want to anchor using a bungee anchor line on the back and a regular role on the front.  We recommend a good heavy box anchor.  The rollers might push the boat to shore if anchor is not significant.  The front rope you can tie to your stake in the ground.  Then when you arrive you can pull the boat to you and board.    Then everyone can board or you can have someone drive it over to the marina or boat ramp where they can load more easily. R5 can also park their boat below R1-R3, R10 but they have a longer trail that is not in as good shape (if you use, please be careful).  R9 can access the water at the end of the cul-de-sac.  We added a decent trail to the water level.  Will extend/repair as lake drops over time but at times might need work.  The last part my not be in good shape.  R11 has the best trail down to the water where you can even take ATVs and golf carts if you have one along with you or you decide to rent one.

R7 has a cove across the street from it.  Ability to anchor there depends on water level.  A sand bar starts to show at 10′ down from top.  Be very careful.  Make sure you check the depth in is area.  Access to the cove is challenging (steep and no trail) unless you go up Lakeshore about 100 yards towards the town or go down the county boat ramp road across the street.  This is also about 100 yards.  We are not aware of anyone anchoring their boat there as of now.  As always, we recommend a boat slip at the marina.

R6 does not have a shore within sight.  Although the shore is not private party and theoretically you should be able to anchor anywhere, we would recommend a boat slip at the marina.

WHEN LAKE IS LOWER (Not in 2024):
Please note when the lake is low the bottom tends to be mud and anchors many times drag.  We do not recommend doing this for when the lake is 140′ or greater down.  We recommend a heavy box anchor so you are not thinking about if if the wind comes up.  Please note that Shasta is a reservoir so the lake level is the highest in late Spring (like Memorial Day) and then usually starts to drop through the Summer and the fall.  Over the past 60 years, the water level at the end of October has been anywhere from 40′ to 200′ below the top level.  This makes the distance from our homes longer as the water drops.  It can be 30′ to 300 yards depending on water level.  At 170′ down (very rare), the area is a river, not a lake.  This will not happen in 2023.

We always recommend a boat slip at the marina if they are open and you can get one.  BOOK EARLY!!!

NOTE:  Please see the “Shasta Lake Level” section of web site for the latest information.  There is a button below.

Lake Level


Use one of three Local Boat Ramps

See our Boat Ramp Webpage for more information on Shasta Lake Boating.

Other guests prefer to launch and bring back their boat each day to the house.  There are three boat ramps very close to us.   When the lake is 60′ or less from the top then use the boat ramp next door at Sugarloaf marina very close to many of our homes.  If the lake is pretty full early or late in the season, it might not be open and have a chain across the road.  This ramp will close at 60′ down and then the Sugarloaf county boat ramps opens about 1/3 of a mile away.  These ramps will stay open between 50′ to about 140-150′ below the top.  Some use it beyond that but we do not recommend.

There is also the Antlers Public Boat Ramp that is about 3 miles from the Sugarloaf area homes.  This is usually open from 80′ down to full.

1. Sugarloaf Marina Boat Ramp:  Open from full to 60′ down.  Seasonal.  Opens May 1, 2024. $20.
2. Sugarloaf County Boat Ramps:  Open from 50′ down to 140’+ down.  CLOSED unit 50’+ down.  (September 2024?) $16
3. Antlers Boat Ramp:  Open from full to 80′ down.  Will be open all of 2024. $16
4. Salt Creek (for R8):  Open from full to ~30-40 feet down.  Not sure if public access.


In the event none of these are open (not going be the case in 2024), the following ramps and marinas will remain open:

  1. Bay Bridge (near big bridge)
  2. Jones Valley
  3. Centimudi

These stay open until the lake is about 220′ feet down.  We have never seen the lake get that low and close these ramps.

We do have room at all homes to park at least one truck with boat in select areas.   Retreat 4, 11 and 14 has the greatest room.  Retreat 6 can also support two boats.  Additional boat/trailer parking can usually be found at the marina for a fee.

Call if you would like to discuss.

NOTE:  Please see the “Shasta Lake Level” section of web site for the latest information.  There is a button below.

Boat Ramp InfoLake Level