Massachusetts offers a wonderfully diverse spectrum of boating
opportunities to residents and visitors alike. With nearly 1,500
miles of coastline, four major river systems, hundreds of lakes
and ponds, as well as the beautiful Quabbin Reservoir, if it has
to do with recreational boating, you can find it in Massachusetts.
really enjoy a safe and relaxing day on the water, vessel operators
and passengers must know the “rules of the road,” equipment
requirements, safe fueling practices, and other basic safe boating
practices. These topics and many others are covered in this guide.
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with it and keep it on
board your boat for ready reference.
The Massachusetts Environmental
Police (MEP) is the Commonwealth's primary marine enforcement
agency, ensuring boater compliance with boating laws and regulations.
Environmental Police Officers are involved heavily in boat accident investigations as well as boat thefts. Additionally, we provide
boaters with boating safety courses that are state and nationally
approved and geared to both youth and novice boaters of all ages. Taking
a course as a family is fun and has proven to be very rewarding.
We also encourage you to take advantage of other educational opportunities
that are available. Working in partnership with volunteer organizations
and private enterprise, we strive to make boating a safer and more
enjoyable experience for all. Contact us for a schedule of courses
offered in your area, 508-759-0002 or check online at the
is an activity that provides a lifetime of pleasure and learning
opportunities. No matter how many years you have spent on the water,
each time underway presents its own unique challenges and conditions.
We hope this guide assists you in meeting those challenges safely.
Massachusetts Environmental Police
And always—Wear your life jacket!