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Winter Storm Boating and Marina Safety

Winter Storm Boating Safety Information

While California generally experiences mild winters, when storm clouds roll in, many waterways become dangerous for boating enthusiasts. Boat owners and marina operators are advised to be storm ready throughout winter and spring.

This page contains information and links to weather resources, effects on California’s waterways and safety precautions to follow. California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways staff monitors winter weather and posts pertinent safety information on BoatCalifornia social media as it becomes available.

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Winter Storm Checklist for Marina Operators

Unusual California winters with fast, high water can bring debris and destruction to boating facilities. California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways advises that marina and harbor managers develop a storm preparation plan that fits the safety needs of each facility.