The Boat House Marina, located in historic Locke CA is arguably the best Marina in the Sacramento area.
The Marina is only a 30 minute drive from Downtown Sacramento on I-5, and centrally located for access from all directions, located in the heart of Northern California’s best farm land, you can take the river and country roads and enjoy the beauty as you drive to the Marina. Store your boat inside or in a slip. Rent the Mermaid Cafe` for a meeting, birthday, or even a wedding! We also rent boats, Paddle boards, and Kayaks. We even have a studio inside to take family or individual photos.
First and foremost is the Marina’s location. The Boathouse sits at the entrance of the Sacramento Delta, with more fresh water boating available than any other location in California. Every slip at the Marina is the BEST slip because every slip has an unobstructed front row view of the Sacramento River. There is absolutely no shed environment, or stagnant water.The gated marina has the staples needed on the River: Gas, Ice and a Pump out Station, bathrooms with showers. So no hassle keeping the boat fueled and clean. The marina itself is a Historic Landmark and is steps away from the Fabulous Historic Landmark “The Town of Locke“. One mile south of the Marina is Walnut Grove a wonderful town where you feel as if you’ve gone back in time and has everything you could ever need: Restaurants, Bars, Liquor store, gas station, gift shops, Napa Auto, Boat repair, Laundromat, bank, grocery store and post office. Walnut Grove has two Public docks, so you can drive or boat to pick up what you need. You will also find farmers selling their fresh produce on the side of the levee.
The Marina is not the largest or newest, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in location. From the Marina within minutes you can access Steamboat Slough, Miner Slough, Sutter Slough, Georgiana Slough, Locke Slough, the Meadows Slough, and the Mokelumne Rivers, North and South. The Sacramento River will take you all the way to the San Francisco Bay if so inclined, with many local river communities along the way, like Isleton and Rio Vista. Your boating is only limited by your imagination or gas budget because there is documented over 1,000 miles of water between Walnut Grove, Stockton (San Joaquin River) and the Bay Area. If desired the Sacramento River going north is about 50 miles of water stretching all the way to the Feather River, traveling in that direction you have small river towns like Courtland and Freeport where you can stop and enjoy the unique atmosphere and food, or continue into Downtown Sacramento, Old Sacramento, and the American River. The fishing is some of the best in Northern California, with Salmon, Striped Bass, Trophy Sturgeon, and of course Catfish and Crawdads. The Delta is full of islands with small towns and landmarks like the Ryde Hotel and Grand Island Mansion and many unique River town Restaurants, Bars, and Marina’s.
The area around the Marina has some of the best water conditions for water skiing and wake Boarding in the Delta. Swimming in the River is risky, but if you understand the locations and conditions swimming in the fresh cool water of the sloughs is outstanding and safe. In the summer as the tide comes in, the sloughs are calm much like swimming in a fresh water lake. We advise that you always have a safety rope in the water, and to not swim alone, and life jackets should be worn.
The BoatHouse is unique since it it zoned for almost everything from a café to condos. Currently the Marina is frequented by boaters in the summer, fishing boats in early winter. Paddleboarding and Kayaking is year round. It also houses the Mermaid’s Cafe` for special events. We have a state of the art facility for music, video, photography, and Website design!
“The Boat House is definitely a true Northern California Treasure.”
This article is written by a patron of the Marina.