Visitors on dock and in boats at Sanford-Yake.
Boaters enjoying the summer on Lake Meredith

NPS Photo-M. Brenner

Boating is one of the most popular activities at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area! By private boat or by a rental from the park's vendor, millions of visitors have enjoyed the waters of Lake Meredith.

Currently, boat ramps at Sanford-Yake, Fritch Fortress, Blue West, Cedar Canyon and Harbor Bay are open for public use.

There is no fee associated with boating on Lake Meredith. Remember to have your motorized boat registered in accordance with federal and state regulations and ensure that you have the required safety equipment.


Stay Safe! Know the rules and regulations for Lake Meredith.

All boaters must follow federal and state regulations.

United States Coast Guard
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Remember: Lake levels fluctuate throughout the year. The lake may be higher in the summer than it is in the winter, translating into a very different shoreline to contend with.

Boats on Lake Meredith
Boats on Lake Meredith

NPS Photo - M. Brenner

You need a boater education card if you were born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, and will be operating a boat over 15 hp, a PWC, or a sailboat over 14 feet long in Texas.

Children under 13 are specifically prohibited from operating a Personal Watercraft (PWC) unless accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age who can lawfully operate the PWC.


There is no need to feel left out if you do not have a boat of your own. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area has a vendor who rents boats on Lake Meredith.

Wright-On Bait, Tackle and Watercraft Rental, at the Sanford-Yake boat ramp, rents pontoon boats, kayaks, & paddleboards.

Quagga mussels on pipes
Help Keep Zebra and Quagga Mussels out of Lake Meredith.

NPS Photo

Zebra and Quagga Mussels,
Your Actions Matter

Before you enter and after you leave the waters of Lake Meredith, CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY.

Zebra and quagga mussels are not in Lake Meredith. Please help keep it this way.

Mud, plants and animals that may be lurking on your watercraft, trailer, equipment or on your vehicle will cause the spread of invasive mussels. YOU can stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Help keep zebra and quagga mussels out of Lake Meredith and keep new invasives from entering other lakes. Clean Drain Dry anything that comes in contact with water (boats, trailers, vehicles, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.).


Remove all plants, animals, and mud and thoroughly wash the boat and trailer. A quick trip to the car wash to use high-pressure spray nozzles can help clean crevices and hidden areas. (Remember that boats stored on infested waters may need to be professionally decontaminated.)


Before leaving the park, drain all the water from your boat, including the motor, bilge, livewell, ballast, hull and anything else that traps water. Leave drain plugs out during transport.


Allow time for your boat to dry completely before launching in other waters. Use this calculator to help determine recommended drying time for your climate and season.

How to Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boat

You have an important role to play in protecting the lakes we love from invasive species like giant salvinia, quagga, and zebra mussels can hitch a ride on your boat, trailer or gear and spread to another lake, ruining the fun for everyone. Love your lakes back – always clean, drain and dry your boat before traveling from one waterbody to another. This video will show you how.

IT'S THE LAW - Remove Your Drain Plug

It is illegal to transport or possess aquatic invasive species in Texas. You must remove boat drain plugs when you leave the water.

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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