Use the resources below to get out on the water safely and legally.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Stamp

Beginning in 2016, all resident and non-resident boaters will be required to pay a fee to fund programs aimed at combating aquatic invasive species.

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Where to boat

Access our interactive boating waters map to learn more about various waters across the state. Information about water body size, permitted vessel types, speed limitations and more can be found within this useful tool.
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Boat registration

All vessels powered by any mechanical device capable of propelling the vessel over any public or private waters of Nebraska (including the Missouri River and Lewis and Clark Lake) must be registered. Learn about exemptions, length of registration, fees and more.

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Boater education

Boating Safety Courses teach students how to safely operate a motorized boat while following all rules and regulations. Topics covered include navigation and safe operation, Nebraska laws, and emergency preparedness. Anyone born after December 31, 1985 is required to successfully complete a Boating Safety Course and possess a course certificate while operating a boat or personal watercraft.

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Boating regulations

Boating is a great recreational activity that can safely be enjoyed with friends and family of all ages. Learn about important points to remember, unlawful practices, maintaining safe vessels, required equipment and more.

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Report an accident

Review what should be done in the event of a boating accident and the process for reporting an incident.

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Boating guide

Refer to the latest version of our boating guide for information on boating requirements, rules and open waters. Paper copies of this guide are available at all Game and Parks’ office or most permit vendor locations.

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Host a marine event

Planning a water event, such as a regatta race, parade, tournament or exhibition? Fill out and submit the marine event permit and application form. All marine applications must be on file with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at least 15 days prior to the event.

Completed forms should be mailed to:

Boating Law Administrator
Law Enforcement Division
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
P.O Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503

For more information, call (402) 471-5531.