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Welcome to Arizona’s beautiful waterways.

We in Arizona are fortunate to have some of the most breathtaking, expansive lakes and rivers in the country for our recreational enjoyment.

The past few years have seen a steady increase in both the numbers and diverse types of watercraft on our state’s waterways, making the responsibilities of boating enforcement and education increasingly important and complex.

We at the Arizona Game and Fish Department are committed to providing you with an enjoyable boating experience. We’ve produced this guide to provide all boaters and water enthusiasts with a positive experience while using one of Arizona’s most valuable resources, our waterways. In addition to courtesy and defensive boating, this information is designed to aid you by highlighting Arizona’s boating laws on our state’s waterways. We also encourage you to take a complete course on boating safety, available from our certified instructors throughout the state.
For information, call 623-236-7219 or visit our website:

Have a wonderful boating season, and obey the laws. Remember, “it only takes one”—one time not wearing a PFD (life jacket), one drink that puts you over the limit, or one second of reckless operation.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Vision: To be the national conservation leader supporting the continuation of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Arizona’s most trusted, respected, and credible source for wildlife conservation products, services, and information.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mission: To conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.