Boating programs are offered at Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary. Youth and community programs provide an entry point to gain skills to explore the wonders of Bay Area boating. Join the Green revolution—learn sailing and muscle-powered boating!
For pedalboat, canoe, rowboat, and kayak rentals, no certification is required. To sail on Lake Merritt, you will need to provide sailing certifications, pass a sailing test, or take a class with us.
Boat Rentals require a CASH ONLY deposit of $20-$30 plus the first hour's cash rental fee.
|Boat||Resident Rate||Non-Resident Rate||Cash Deposit||Total People|
(single or double)
|$15/hour (single) |
|$18/hour (single) |
|$20||1 or 2|
You can rent boats daily March-October and on weekends only November-February.
|Boat Rental Hours||Monday - Friday||Saturday - Sunday|
|Summer (July-August)||11 am-6 pm*||10:30 am-6 pm*|
|Winter (November-February)||11 am-4 pm*||10:30 am-4 pm*|
|Spring & Fall (March-June|
|11 am-5 pm*||10:30 am-4 pm*|
* Time indicates when the last rental leaves the dock. Sailboats rented to experienced sailors only & must be rented 1/2 hour before the last rental time and returned to the dock 1/2 hour before closing. Customers are expected to rig, de-rig, and fold sails.
Management reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Rain or winds over 10 mph result in closures and/or additional deposits.
Parking inside Lakeside Park on Bellevue Avenue is $2.00 for two hours (or $10 for all day parking) during weekdays and $5 all day parking on the weekend and holidays. Buses are $15 per vehicle daily parking. Special Event parking after 5pm is $10 per vehicle. The parking operating hours are from 7:30am until dusk.