The Handbook of Nevada: Boating Laws

The Handbook of Nevada: Boating Laws


The Handbook of Nevada: Boating Laws is the official boating handbook developed for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The handbook introduces you to Nevada laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on Nevada waterways.

Whether you choose to visit Lake Tahoe, Lake Mohave, or Nevada’s many other beautiful waterways on your next boating trip, there is plenty to do and see while out on the water in the Silver State.

Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on Nevada waterways is the responsibility of all boaters. 

Topics include:

  • Vessel Basics
  • Navigation Rules
  • Nighttime Navigation
  • Emergencies
  • Personal Watercraft (PWCs)
  • Nevada Boating Laws and Regulations
  • Required Equipment
  • Skiing
  • And much more…

Boater Education

You may have heard that you need a boating license to operate your boat, but what you really need is a boaters safety course. Whether or not your state requires education, it can reduce boating accidents and injuries on the water. Boaters can keep themselves and their passengers safe by learning about responsible boat operation, etiquette, and the rules of the waterways.

All persons born on or after January 1, 1983, who operate a vessel over 15 horsepower in Nevada, must pass a Nevada-approved boat education course.