Reservation Information

RENTAL AND RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • You Must be 18 with a Valid Driver’s License (from any state or country) to rent or to operate motorized equipment.
  • To Make a Reservation: You must pay half of the rental at the time of the reservation. This reservation payment guarantees that your rental will be held for you.
  • Cancelation Policy: If you’re not able to keep your reservation, and you call 48 hours in advance you will get a full credit towards a future rental of equal or greater value. There are no refunds on any advance reservation. Credits do not expire.
  • Damage Deposit Reminder: When you arrive you put down the damage deposit for the rental equipment. You can pay this deposit with cash or on a credit/debit card. If you use a credit/debit card, we charge the deposit amount on the card when you check in, and then we void out that charge when you bring the equipment back in good condition. It takes 1 to 4 days for the credit card deposit to be available. The cardholder must be present at the start of rental to sign the  deposit charge slip and do the vessel inspection. We do not allow you to use anyone else’s card to pay your deposits, even if it’s your parents.
  • Limited Alcohol Policy: We allow a limited amount of beer or wine on our Ski Boats and Patio Boats. Hard alcohol is not allowed.  No alcohol is allowed on Jet Skis. Safety first! Out on the lake is not a safe place to drink too much. Thank you for your understanding. If you show up to our rental smelling like marijuana we will not rent to you or anyone in your group. Please understand that your safety is our number one priority.
  • Plan to Arrive 1 Hour Before Your Start Time. If you are renting multiple pieces of equipment please arrive 1 and a half hours early to fill out the contract, sign up additional drivers, inspect the equipment, be instructed on the safe operation of the vessel, go over the rules of the lake, and launch the boat at the recreation area near our rental.  If you get out early, then that becomes bonus time!

WHAT TO BRING:

Below is a check list to help you bring what you need to have a fun packed day on Lake Berryessa.

All boat rentals:

  • Towels
  • Sunblock
  • A light sweatshirt for the early morning or evening hours (depending on time of year).

Ski Boat

  • iPod to plug into stereo with auxiliary cords. We recommend you bring a blue tooth speaker in case there is a problem with the stereo on the boat, there are no discounts or refunds due to stereos not working.
  • DRINKS: Bring your own ice chest for drinks and water.
  • FOOD: We recommend sandwiches or something simple and portable.
  • SNACKS: It is better to bring smaller bags of snacks rather than bigger ones.
  • Bags and other items can be stored in the storage compartments and under the seats. Colored bags and napkins will stain the seats.
  • New material can stain. We suggest you wash your new towels, bathing suits and clothing before boating, or they can stain the seats. If you did not wash your swim suit, please sit on a towel.

Patio Boat

  • iPod to plug into stereo with auxiliary cords.
  • We recommend you bring a blue tooth speaker in case there is a problem with the stereo on the boat,. There are no discounts or refunds due to stereos not working.
  • DRINKS: Bring your own ice chest for drinks and water.
  • FOOD: BBQ! We supply the propane you supply the rest. Make sure meats are tightly sealed so that they do not spill on the carpet. Lightly marinate meats so you do not start a fire. The Patio Boats have enough room so you can bring all your food in a second cooler.
  • Utensils, plates, napkins, etc.
  • SNACKS: It is better to bring smaller bags of snacks rather than bigger ones.
  • Bags and other items can be stored in the storage compartments and under the seats. Colored bags and napkins will stain the seats, we suggest white or natural materials.
  • New material can stain. We suggest you wash your new towels, bathing suits and clothing before boating, or they can stain the seats. If you did not wash your swim suit, please sit on a towel.

Jet Ski

  • Water shoes (not necessary but it will be more comfortable).
  • DRINKS: One 16 oz. water or soda with tops, plastic only.
  • SNACKS: Small snacks like nuts, trail mix, or fruit.
  • FOOD: Keep it simple, bring a sandwich to eat before or after your ride.
  • SUNGLASSES: Don’t forget your sunglasses strap.
  • We Rent and sell sunglass straps.

ARRIVAL ANTICIPATIONS:

ARRIVAL. You must arrive one hour early to receive your full rental time. When you arrive at Lake Berryessa Boat & Jet Ski Rentals, at Berryessa Boat Repair & Storage, go to the office and begin doing the paperwork. The deposit holder needs to go to the office to fill out the contract and pay the balance due on the rental. Any additional drivers must come into the office to sign up to drive, and have their licenses available to show us. You can have up to 2 additional drivers, more additional drivers can sign up for $5 per person. All drivers must attend the driver training. Immediately after that, we take the deposit holder and one additional person to film and inspect the vessel. After the inspection is done, we will train all the drivers, going over the operations of the vessel, safety rules and boating laws of the lake.

Now you and your group can follow us to Putah Creek or Spanish Flat Recreation Areas. These are the two areas we can launch your rental from. Park your car(s) in designated areas. Each car will have to pay a day use fee of $15 dollars to park. You can park outside the gate for free. Your rental time begins when you are launched, that is if you arrive one hour early. Have fun!

RETURN. Please call the rental office 30 minutes prior to returning and please be within 10 minutes of the launch ramp we launched you from. We will meet you at the recreation area and pull the boat out. We will then meet you back at Lake Berryessa Boat & Jet Ski Rentals. The vessel will be re-inspected for any damage. Once the vessel is cleared we will refund your deposit, and give you discount coupons that you can use to save money on your next rental.  Gas is now included in the rental fee, so you no longer have to wait to have the vessel refueled.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR GROUPS:

If you have a group of people who will not all be on the watercraft at one time, there are several options.  Those who stay on the shore can stay at the Recreation Launch Area at Spanish Flat Recreation Area, and Putah Creek Recreation Area.  They can also go to Oak Shores Day Use Area or Smittle Creek Day Use Area.  All locations have picnic areas and barbecuing (you will need to bring charcoal).  Putah Creek and Spanish Flat Recreation Areas all have swimming, picnic tables, barbecue pits, and camp grounds.  Fishing is also allowed.

MAKE A RESERVATION :

During the summer season from June to September we sell out every weekend. It is always a good idea to make a reservation to get the watercraft that best fits your group and desired activities. If you don’t have a reservation, give us a call to see what we have available and to go over your options. 707 966 4204

DIRECTIONS:

Don’t Get Lost! Use the map and directions on our website to find us. GPS and Google maps often take people the long way, or to the wrong destination. If just one person in your group drives separately, and uses their GPS instead of our map and directions, it is likely they will be late and delay the whole group.

OTHER FAQ:

How Do I Make a Reservation?
Call 707 966 4204 or 707 966 4205 and we will make your Reservation on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to leave a message because our phones are very busy. We will be sure to get back to you as soon as we can.

Are Life Vests and Ski Vests Provided?
All Boats are equipped with Life Vests for maximum number of passengers per boat. Ski Vests are supplied for people doing water sports, like Wakeboarding, Wake Surfing, Waterskiing or Tubing.

What Guidelines Are There for Children?
All children 12 years old and younger must have a Life Vest on at all times. We have custom fit life vests for kids of all sizes, from infant to large.

Do I Need a Fishing License to Fish?
Yes, you will need to get a fishing license prior to coming to the lake. You can pick one up at your local Walmart.