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Boat Rules & Regulations

Boating Regulation Handbook


Owners of boat propelled by a motor over 6 horsepower may not allow youths under 12 years of age to operate the boat, unless accompanied by a person at least 18 years old.

Life Jackets

Boat operators, when operating at greater than no-wake speed, are required to assure each child under seven years of age, is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket (unless the child is within a cabin or below deck).

Accident Reporting

After an accident, a boat operator must IMMEDIATELY give notice (by the quickest means of communication available) to the nearest Conservation Officer or other peace officer. In the event the operator is incapable of providing such notice, then another occupant of the boat involved in the accident must provide notification of the accident.

Personal Watercraft (PWC) Rules


These regulations are specific to personal watercraft. Personal watercraft must also be licensed, numbered and operated in compliance with all state laws and regulations pertaining to Class A motorboats (motorboats less than 16 feet in length).