Boating in Wisconsin

Mississippi River Days - July 2008 A young boy gives a 'thumbs up' to the experience.

In addition to it being the law, taking a boating safety class can save your life: four out of five people who die in boating accidents on Wisconsin's waters every year haven't had such formal training. Gain the safe boating techniques and knowledge that can keep you safe on the water.

Sign up
for a safety class to get a safety certification card (operator license).
your boat.
the regulations to know the laws [PDF].

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1989 is required to complete a boating safety course to legally operate a motorized boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on Wisconsin waters. DNR recreational safety specialists recommend all boat operators complete a safety course.

Contact information
Roy Zellmer
Boating Administrator
Last Revised: Tuesday April 08 2014