The Handbook of New Mexico: Boating Laws and State Park Regulations is the official boating handbook developed for New Mexico State Parks. The handbook introduces you to New Mexico laws governing boating and provides general information about safe vessel operation on New Mexico waterways.
New Mexico’s location in the desert Southwest won’t stop you from boating fun. Sail among the pines in northern New Mexico while visiting Heron Lake or go boating and waterskiing at New Mexico’s largest lake, Elephant Butte Lake—whatever you choose, fun awaits on New Mexico’s lakes.
Use this handbook to familiarize yourself with steps to make all your boating outings safe and enjoyable. Remember, safety on New Mexico waterways is the responsibility of all boaters.
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, 1989, must pass a New Mexico-approved boat education course.