Bridge Bay Marina
You can see the Bridge Bay Marina (10300 Bridge Bay Rd., Redding, 800/752-9669, www.sevencrown.com) from the big bridge on I-5. This huge marina is part of a full-scale resort that sees some of the biggest crowds on the lake.
Bridge Bay Marina has a large rental fleet, which includes small-to-medium houseboats, closed-bow speedboats, personal watercraft, and patio boats. You can also moor your own boat in one of their many slips.
From the water, this marina isn’t too friendly to put into unless you’re a customer, so if you need gas, ice, or snacks, you’ll have to navigate carefully to avoid the renters-only area. But once you’re in to the marina proper, you will find a fuel dock, a basic grocery store, a bait and tackle shop, and even a restaurant (Tail o’ the Whale).
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition