Rules & Regulations

Nevada offers some amazing boating opportunities! Before you head out, there are a few things you will need to check including the rules of operation and any required equipment to have onboard.

10 Safety Tips

To Prepare Your Boat For Summer
General Boating Laws
Boating Under the Influence
Paddle Sports Safety
Life Jackets
Personal Watercraft

Handbook of Nevada Boating Laws

Unsure about certain boating laws? The Nevada Handbook of Boating Laws is your one-stop shop for all things boating in Nevada.

Boating Under the Influence

Drinking and boating is never a good idea. It puts you and everyone else on the water at risk and it’s against the law. Alcohol negatively affects your judgment, vision, balance, and coordination; everything you need to safely operate a boat.

Paddle Sports Safety

Paddle sports are a great way to get out and enjoy the water, but these vessels can carry their own set of challenges. Whether it’s a kayak, paddleboard or canoe, know before you go!

Wear a Life Jacket

Your life jacket is the most important thing you take on any boating trip, but they are only effective when they are worn. Remember: they float, you don’t.


Riding a personal watercraft (PWC) is a fun way to enjoy time on the water, but it’s important to stay prepared.

Accident Report

Were you involved in a collision on the water? Learn about the rules for reporting an accident.

Ask a Game Warden

Do you have a specific boating question, but you can’t find the answer? Ask one of our game wardens before heading out.