Boating

NDOW is the boating safety, education and enforcement agency for the state of Nevada. The boating safety office is responsible for boating education, safety and law enforcement. Our ultimate goal is to create a safe boating environment and experience for Nevada boaters.

That means helping you learn about the basics of boating safety, including proper fitting lifejackets and the rules of the water.

Children under 13 must wear life jackets and a certified boating safety course is required for all operators of vessels powered by a motor over 15 horsepower on interstate waters (like Lakes Mead, Topaz and Tahoe) and who were born on or after January 1, 1983.

Game Warden Tips: Persons born on or after January 1, 1983 will need to have completed a boating education course to operate a motorboat of more than 15 horsepower on Nevada's interstate waters.

Take the boating education quiz here, courtesy of boaterexam.com. Find out how you did, and then head to one of the online boating education courses to get your Nevada boating card—the cards are good for life, duplicates are free and it covers Nevada’s mandatory education law!

More Information:

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency  Lake Mead NRA  

Paddle Craft

People who use paddle craft, including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, are required to carry a life jacket and follow boating rules of the road. Even though you are paddling, you are still a boater subject to many of the same requirements. Learn more by taking a free paddle craft safety course online.

Boating Accessibility Resources

Boating Accessibility resources include ADA accessible boat ramps, and facilities.

Learn more: Accessible Boating