State Boating Information

State Boating Information

Get informed before you get in the boat Arkansas is blessed with more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks.

Boating is big fun, but it can be dangerous. The AGFC works to minimize accidents on the water through education and enforcement of boating regulations. There are many resources available to get started enjoying the water the right way.

Arkansas Boating Laws Safe Boating is no accident. To read the informative Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities Handbook and stay sharp on the water, visit www.boated. com/arkansas/handbook/, or go to to request a paper copy.

Federal Boating Laws Many Arkansas lakes and rivers are governed by federal agencies as well as the AGFC. Be sure to learn all the laws before heading out on the water. Find out more about federal boating regluations at the U.S.

Coast Guard’s boating website, www.uscgboating. org/.

Boating Education Classes Anyone operating a motorboat in Arkansas who was born after 1985 must have a Boating Education Card. Go to ages/EducationBoating.asp x to get details on classes and testing sites.

Vessel Safety Check Want to learn the things people fail to use on their boats that could save a life? Both the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the United States Power Squadrons have certified vessel examiners who will perform a free Vessel Safety Check ('VSC') at your boat, at a time of mutual convenience. There is no charge, and no consequences if you don't pass.

The goal is simply to help make boating as safe as possible for you, your family and your friends, through education. Happy boating!

From the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission