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75 years of better, safer access to Michigan boating
Since 1947, the Michigan State Waterways Commission has helped launch boating adventures and more equitable public access to our lakes, rivers and streams. Join in celebrating this chapter of Michigan’s boating heritage all summer long!
Before you go
Where to boat
Find resources to help plan your Great Lakes boating trip, including the harbor guide, making a reservation, a harbor map and more.
Rules & Regulations
Handbook of Michigan Boating Laws
A comprehensive handbook defining Michigan's boating laws and regulations, navigation rules, weather emergencies, encountering other vessels and much more.
Boating and fishing laws
To help prevent the spread of invasive species, there are laws that address the removal of drain plugs and aquatic organisms from boats and trailers, and the disposal of unused baitfish.
At work for you
Learn how our waterways are managed to best provide outdoor recreation opportunities for you and future generations.
The Michigan Waterways Program helps fund the construction, operation and maintenance of public boating facilities such as harbors and marinas on the Great Lakes and boating access sites on our inland lakes.
Your key to Michigan state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and state trailheads all year long. See where it can take you!