Frequently Asked Questions

There is an abundance of different species in New Melones Lake, the most common being Trout, Bass, Kokanee, Catfish, and Crappie. For more information and weekly fishing reports visit

 Last summer in 2019 the lake level stayed around 1,050 feet, but water levels vary season by season. New Melones Lake is so big that even when water levels drop the capacity is still high enough to enjoy the lake.

New Melones Lake Marina is a very dog friendly! Most of our boats allow dogs for a small pet fee, if you are looking to bring your dog make sure to double check that the boat you are renting/interested in is one of our boats that is pet friendly!

Boats that do NOT allow pets:

~23’Axis T-23 Wake Surf Boat

~21′ Malibu Waksetter

~24′ Bennington “Gold Class” Sport Pontoon

You are expected to self-inspect your vessel before and after entering the lake, occasionally on the weekends the Bureau of Reclamation will have an inspection checkpoint before entering the lake. 

Yes, the water at New Melones Lake is safe to swim in.

The law in the state of California requires anyone under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket. If you rent a boat from us we provide life jackets to meet these guidelines.

Yes, two-stroke engines are allowed on New Melones Lake.

The marina is not affiliated with the campground but for more information on camping reservations you can call (877) 444-6777.

Patio Boats, houseboats, and cruisers are the only rental boats that are allowed on shore. In your orientation you will be instructed how to shore your boat properly.

No, we do not sell fishing licenses. The closest place to the lake to buy them would be at Glory Hole Sports.

Houseboat Questions

Each houseboat will be equipped with dishes, utensils, and cups as well as pots and pans to make your trip a little easier. For a list of more items included in the houseboat you are interested in check under the “more info” button on the rentals page!

Yes, all our houseboats come equipped with slides. 

No, all of our BBQ’s are gas powered and we provide all of the propane. 

Patio Questions

No, patio boats and cruisers do not have enough power and have a slow turnaround time which makes it unsafe to tow anything. If you are looking to tow something behind your rental we suggest our Malibu or Bluewater!

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