Boating Rules and Regulations
- The Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws and Responsibilities
A comprehensive handbook defining boating laws and regulations, navigation rules, weather emergencies, encountering other vessals and much more.
- Special Local Watercraft Controls by County
Know the rules about motorboats, high-speed boating, water skiing, and more at specific lakes.
- Buoys and markers - what they mean ("traffic signals" on the water)
Know your signs
- List of boat launches where Recreation Passport is required
Many boating access sites require a Recreation Passport for entry.
- Life Jacket Rules
Know who needs to wear a life jacket and what type of personal floatation device needs to be carried on your boat in Michigan.
- Boat Registration
Registrations expire on March 31 in the third year of issuance.
- State Land Use Rules for Boating Access Sites and Harbors
It is your responsibility as a user of public lands to ensure you are informed of all current rules and regulations relevant to your activities.
- Boating Safety Certificate
Boaters born after June 30, 1996, and personal watercraft (example: jetski, waverunner) operators born after December 31,1978, who operate a vessel in Michigan must have a boater education card (boating safety certificate).
- Pet Restrictions at Boating Access Sites
- Charter and Livery Boat Safety - Part 445
- Watercraft Titling - Part 803
- Personal Watercraft - Part 802
- Marine Safety Part 801
- Boat operator age restrictions - who may operate a boat?
Michigan conservation officers and Michigan county sheriffs encourage all persons operating boats in Michigan to enroll in a boating safety course.