Boating

A boater on the lake near Fritch Fortress.  The view is from a rocky mesa with white rocks and green plants.  The lake is teal blue and the sky is blue.
Boater cruising on Lake Meredith

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Boating is a very popular activity at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Millions of visitors have enjoyed the waters of Lake Meredith, either by private boat or by a rental from the park's vendor. Lake Meredith is simply beautiful and a great place to recreate.

Currently, boat ramps at Sanford-Yake, Fritch Fortress, Blue West, Cedar Canyon and Harbor Bay are open for public use.
Please LEAVE NO TRACE.


There is no fee associated with boating on Lake Meredith. Motorized boats must be registered in accordance with federal and state regulations. Proper safety equipment is also required. Lifejackets are lifesavers, even for the most proficient swimmers. Boaters should never leave shore without them. Every vessel must carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each person on board. The lifejacket must be the proper size for the user. All children under 13 years of age must wear a U.S. Coast Guard Approved wearable PDF while underway. When the hot temperatures arrive, boating on Lake Meredith is an excellent way to beat the summer heat.

 
Fritch Fortress boat dock on a foggy morning. The lake is a misty blue and very calm.
Weather quickly rolling in at Fritch Fortress Dock

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Safety First

Know the rules and regulations for Lake Meredith.
All boaters must follow federal and state regulations.

United States Coast Guard www.uscgboating.org
Texas Parks & Wildlife www.tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat

Lake Conditions and Weather

Lake levels fluctuate throughout the year and cause changes along the shoreline. Always check the weather and lake conditions. In the Texas Panhandle, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 91°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 99°F. A good time to visit the lake is from May to September for water activities.

 
From the Rim
Boater near Sanford Yake

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Other Boating Reminders

A boater education card is needed 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.

 
Sanford Yake Bay
Boating on a calm day near Sanford Yake

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Boat Rentals


Don't own a boat or kayak?

Rent a watercraft from one of the vendors of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.

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

 
Invasive Quagga Mussels on pipes at Lake Mead. These mussels are black and beige.
Lake Mead Quagga Mussels

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Zebra and Quagga Mussels


Before entering and after exiting the waters of Lake Meredith, CLEAN. DRAIN. DRY.

Zebra and quagga mussels are not in Lake Meredith. Mud, plants, and animals can cling to trailers, equipment or vehicles and spread invasive mussels. Clean, Drain, and Dry anything coming in contact with water (boats, trailers, vehicles, equipment, clothing, dogs, etc.). Keep Lake Meredith beautiful.

CLEAN.

Remove all plants, animals, and mud and thoroughly wash watercraft and trailer. Take a quick trip to the car wash to use high-pressure spray nozzles to help clean crevices and hidden areas. (Boats stored on infested waters may need to be professionally decontaminated.)

DRAIN.

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

DRY.

Allow time for boats to dry completely before launching in other waters. Use this calculator to help determine recommended drying time for particular climates and seasons.

Remember...Clean, Drain and Dry

Help protect lakes from invasive species such as giant salvinia, quagga, and zebra mussels. Invasive species can attach to boats, trailers or gear and spread to another lake. Always clean, drain, and dry watercraft before traveling from one waterbody to another.

IT'S THE LAW - Remove Drain Plugs

It is illegal to transport or possess aquatic invasive species in Texas. Drain plugs must be removed when leaving the water.

Last updated: July 7, 2020

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419 E. Broadway
Fritch, TX 79036

Phone:

(806) 857-3151

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