Rules and Regulations
- Alcohol Restrictions
Find out where alcohol possession and use is limited in state parks, recreation areas and boating access sites.
- Boat Registration
Registrations expire on March 31 in the third year of issuance.
- Boat operator-age restrictions - who may operate a boat?
Michigan conservation officers and county sheriffs encourage everyone operating boats to enroll in a boating safety course.
- Buoys and markers - what they mean (ie. "traffic signals" on the water)
Know what signage means or (ie. "traffic signals" on the water).
- Life Jacket Rules
Who needs to wear a life jacket and what type of personal floatation device needs to be carried on your boat in Michigan.
- Local Controls by County
Know the rules about motorboats, high-speed boating, water skiing and more for particular waterbodies.
- New boating and fishing laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species
The laws include the removal of drain plugs and aquatic organisms from boats and trailers and the disposal of unused baitfish.
- Pet Restrictions at Boating Access Sites
There are some restrictions in some locations during certain times of the year.