Bass Lake is a great place to go boating, whether you're looking for a relaxing day of cruising or an exhilarating afternoon of water sports. The lake is calm and clear, making it perfect for beginners and experts alike. Bass Lake is a popular spot for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and swimming. The lake has several designated zones for water sports, so you can find the perfect spot to enjoy the water.

All Getmyboat operators must strictly adhere to and take full responsibility for complying with all applicable local regulations governing boating activities on Bass Lake. This entails obtaining the necessary registrations, passes, and permits, as well as ensuring that both vessels and captains meet the established criteria. Additionally, operators are mandated to utilize designated docks and commercial boating areas exclusively, and must strictly abide by all other requirements outlined in local ordinances and facility regulations.

Boat/Vessel Registration:

To operate any motorized vessel or sailboat exceeding eight feet in length on California waterways, registration with the DMV is mandatory. California Department of Motor Vehicles

Pollution Control Permit:

All vessels/boats operating on Bass Lake within Madera County are required to have a Pollution Control Permit at all times.

The Pollution Control Permit can be purchased at the following marinas

  • Bass Lake Boat Rentals
  • Millers Landing
  • Forks Resort

The permit must be stored within the specified boat and be accessible for examination at any given moment


To embark on charter boat operations on Bass Lake, you'll need a commercial insurance policy. Boat Charter Insurance is your trusted guide to obtaining the necessary coverage for your business. This is our official insurance partner that can further assist you with your business endeavors.

Captain's License:

To legally operate charter vessels within Bass Lake, captains must hold a valid US Coast Guard license that aligns with the size and type of vessel they command. For vessels accommodating up to six passengers, a 6-pack license is mandatory. For larger vessels exceeding six passengers, a Master Captain's license is essential. As the captain, it's your ultimate responsibility to safeguard both the charter vessel and all passengers on board. For comprehensive information on captain's licenses, head over to the Mariners Learning System website.

Boaters Education Certificate:

In California, individuals under the age of 20 must hold a Boater's Education Certificate to operate a motorized vessel. This certification ensures that you possess the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate safely and responsibly. For detailed information on application procedures and required courses, visit the California Boater Card website.

Pick up and drop off Location:

We currently recommend the Wishon Boat Launch as our preferred location for both pick-up and drop-off. This facility offers ample and welcoming space to cater to all your boating needs.

Additional Resources:

Madera County Code of Ordinances

Bass Lake Map