Even if you are a seasoned captain, it’s essential to keep safety in mind to enjoy a stress-free Shasta Lake vacation.
The good news is when you book a houseboat with Bridge Bay at Shasta Lake, you’re already taking a step in the right direction to ensure you have a relaxing, fun, and ultimately safe getaway.
Our houseboats are easy to operate and have all the supplies you’ll need for a fulfilling vacation. Our initial orientation will ensure you have all the essential safety information you need to get cruising.
But with that being said, there are a few essential guidelines to bear in mind when it comes to enjoying your Shasta Lake excursions.
So before you launch, review the following tips to ensure everyone in your crew has a responsible time on the water.
1. Attend the Orientation
Our 1-2 hour orientation covers everything you need to know about operating your houseboat. It’s also a great opportunity to have any lingering questions answered.
Orientations are offered on a first come, first serve basis. They begin at 7 AM in the summer season and 8 AM in the value season.
2. Watch for Speed Limits
California has set speed limits for the water, as well as the roads! Slow down to 5 mph when you are within 100 feet of a shoreline, marina, or a fellow anchored boat.
Watch for posted speed limits throughout Shasta Lake, especially in shallower areas. For open water zones, a maximum speed limit of 35 mph is recommended by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
3. Watch for Traffic Patterns
Though there’s plenty of room to roam in Shasta Lake, mariners should pay attention to traffic patterns in more populated regions of Shasta Lake. This tip is especially important in areas with jet skiers, water skiers, and other recreational vessels.
Just like on the highway, vessels should stay to the right in water channels, and when encountering another vessel in the water to avoid collisions and confusion.
4. Never Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving isn’t just dangerous when out on the water; it’s also against the law. In California, it is possible to be charged with boating under the influence (BUI) if the captain’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher.
So be sure you stay under the legal limit, and when in doubt, have a co-captain and DD to take the wheel as needed.
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Cruising along Shasta Lake is a relatively easy adventure, even for vacationers new to the water and this scenic corner of northern California.
To ensure safe travels throughout your getaway:
- Pay attention to speed limits and traffic patterns
- Avoid drinking and driving
- Attend orientation to uncover everything you need to know about your houseboat rental
With a little common sense and an eye for safety, you can effortlessly enjoy an incident-free vacation that is simply unforgettable. Contact us today to reserve your houseboat.